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Assad Supporters, Opponents Clash in Lebanon

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An armed militiaman stands behind a barricade of sandbags in Tripoli's Sunni Muslim neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh June 2, 2012.
Officials in Lebanon say clashes between supporters and opponents of a popular uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have erupted in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, leaving one person dead and at least five wounded.

Officials say gunfire broke out early Saturday.

Gunmen from the Jabal Mohsen district, home to Alawites in Lebanon who support the Syrian president, have fought skirmishes over the past few weeks with Sunni Muslim residents of Bab al-Tabbaneh who support Syria's opposition.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.