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TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Gunmen loyal to opposite sides in neighboring Syria‘s civil war battled on Wednesday in the streets of this northern Lebanese city where two days of fighting killed at least five people and wounded 45, officials said.
The Lebanese army fanned out in Tripoli to calm the fighting, with soldiers patrolling the streets in armored personnel carriers and manning checkpoints. Authorities closed major roads because of sniper fire.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged Syria‘s regime against using its stockpile of chemical weapons, warning of “huge consequences” if Mr. Assad resorts to such weapons of mass destruction.
“I again urge in the strongest possible terms that they must not consider using this kind of deadly weapons of mass destruction,” Mr. Ban told The Associated Press, speaking on the sidelines of a climate conference in Qatar.
Syria has been careful not to confirm that it has chemical weapons, but the regime insists it would never use them against the Syrian people.
Mr. Ban also suggested that he would not favor an asylum deal for the Syrian leader as a way to end the country’s civil war and cautioned that the United Nations doesn’t allow anyone “impunity.” Mr. Assad has vowed to “live and die” in Syria, but as the violence grinds on, there is speculation that he might seek asylum.
The Syrian conflict has spilled over into Turkey, Israel and Jordan over the past 20 months, but Lebanon is particularly vulnerable to getting sucked in. The countries share a complex web of political and sectarian ties and rivalries that are easily inflamed.
Tensions in Tripoli have been mounting since last week, when reports emerged that some 17 Lebanese Sunni fighters were killed inside Syria, apparently after they joined the rebellion against Mr. Assad. The bodies of some of the men were later shown in Syrian state TV.
On Wednesday, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour was informed by Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul Karim Ali that Syria had agreed to repatriate the men’s bodies. Lebanon’s National News Agency said the countries soon would discuss how to hand over the bodies.
Lebanese security officials said at least five people have been killed and 45 wounded in the Tripoli fighting since Tuesday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.
Syrian rebels are predominantly Sunni, whereas Mr. Assad and his inner circle are dominated by Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
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