Rival armed groups have been fighting for the eight consecutive day in Tripoli in the north of Lebanon.
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Background: TRIPOLI, LEBANON
Rival armed groups have been fighting for the eight consecutive day in Tripoli in the north of Lebanon. Pro-and anti-Syrian militias entrenched in the old part of the port exchanged bursts of machine gun fire. More than 30 people have been killed and 150 injured in the week-long fighting which is the latest in a long series of battles between the two factions. The clashes have erupted because of deadlock in negotiations for the withdrawal of Syrian, Israeli and Palestinian forces from the country.
Local leaders in Tripoli have gone to Damascus in an effort to halt the fighting. Syrian troops are at present in control of the city and have said they will withdraw when the Israeli forces move out. Police patrols have attempted to enforce a ceasefire in Tripoli, but with little success, and there now appears to be no solution to the problem as the fighting looks set to continue.
Source: REUTERS - TEWFIC GHAZZAWI