The death toll from fighting between pro-Assad militants and Muslim fighters in the city of Tripoli has climbed to at least 12, in clashes that the city's residents described as some of the heaviest since Lebanon's civil war.
More than 100 people have been wounded in the fighting which erupted this week along a line between the Sunni district of Bab al-Tabbaneh and the Alawite area of Jebel Mohsen.
The latest round of fighting has rattled the already fragile security situation in Lebanon, which lived under three decades of Syrian Alawite domination and remains deeply divided between supporters and opponents of the Assad's regime
The dead included a 13-year-old boy, while another 100 people have been wounded, including a boy of six who was paralyzed by a gunshot wound and 15 soldiers.
The fighting first erupted late Monday in Tripoli, home to a Sunni community hostile to bloody illegitimate dictator Assad, and Alawites.
The fighting in Tripoli, Lebanon's second largest city, saw machine guns and anti-tank rockets fired.