The Jerusalem Post
Fighting has killed at least 16 and injured 80 as the violence continued for the seventh day in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Sunday between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to the Lebanese Daily Star.
The Lebanese army has further increased its forces in the city, creating checkpoints as the streets were empty, and shops remained closed.
The clashes are mainly occurring between the Sunni and Alawite areas.
Meanwhile, in Syria, the Sunni dominated rebels claimed they killed at least 15 Hezbollah fighters on Saturday in the Ghouta district in the outskirts of Damascus, according to a report on Al-Arabiya on Sunday. Six wounded Hezbollah fighters were reportedly taken to Lebanon for medical treatment.
A video posted on the internet showed dead soldiers with Hezbollah patches on their uniforms.
The war in Syria continues to spill over into Lebanon, which itself is divided ethnically.
The Lebanese government has been unable to form a new government since April.
The Syrian war has caused two million to flee into neighboring countries and exacerbated regional sectarian divides.
Hussein Ibish, in UAE-based The National, wrote that the spillover from the fragmentation of the Syrian state is causing "Lebanon's deepest crisis since the end of the 15-year civil war that ran from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s."
"The irony is that Syria's transition into a Lebanese-like reality may destroy the ability of Lebanon to maintain its own uneasy equilibrium." he said.
In Syria, 40 people died when a car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Wadi Barada in Damascus province on Friday, said the anti-Assad Observatory, which verifies reports through a network of sources around Syria.
State news agency SANA said many "terrorists" - a term it uses for those fighting Assad - were killed in the explosion and quoted a witness who said the mosque's two entrances collapsed when the bomber struck before the end of Friday prayers.
State TV said on Friday Abu Mohammad al-Golani, leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, a rebel group that has claimed responsibility for several suicide bombings, had been killed.
Fighters from the Islamist group told Reuters Golani was alive.
The Syrian conflict has killed more than 100,000 people, according to the United Nations.
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