Supporters, opponents of Damascus clash in Lebanon, eight killed

Eight people have been killed and 21 others injured in clashes between the supporters and opponents of the Syrian government in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli.

A Lebanese security official, whose name was not mentioned in the report, said the fighting broke out in Tripoli on Saturday.

A woman and her son were killed in the Bab al-Tibbaneh neighborhood of Tripoli, and five people were wounded in the nearby Jabal Mohsen neighborhood, the official said.

Reports say a number of Tripoli residents had to flee their homes due to the unrest in the area.

Fighting between the supporters of the Syrian government, from the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood, and its opponents, who come from Bab al-Tibbaneh, erupted on May 12 as anti-Damascus demonstrators tried to approach the office of the pro-Damascus Syrian Social Nationalist Party.

On May 21, the Lebanese state media said two people were killed and 18 others were injured in similar clashes in the capital, Beirut.

The latest Syria-related clashes in Lebanon come at a time when some Western governments have called for the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has opposed the Western demands and urged action in “an accurate, balanced manner” in Syria.

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