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Tension high in Lebanon amid fighting

Gunmen patrol the streets of Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli on Monday as sporatic fighting continues between Sunnis and pro-Syria Alawites. Smoke rises over the city after buildings and houses were set ablaze during clashes on Sunday. A 9-year old girl was killed by a sniper and several others were wounded in the violence, fuelled by sectarian rifts and tensions over the conflict in neighbouring Syria. The capital Beirut was tense on Monday morning after clashes broke out there following the state funeral of assassinated intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan. Anti-government protesters used garbage containers and burning tyres to block roads as soldiers, trying to prevent more trouble, employed similar tactics of shutting down streets. Some Lebanese are angry at their government because of al-Hassan's assassination, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nijab Mikati, who is seen as too close to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE PROTESTER RAJJI DAHER SAYING: "We are planning to topple the government, we can't support any more killings and leaders dying, we had enough." Sunday's events highlighted how the 19-month-old uprising against Assad has intensified deep-seated sectarian tensions in Lebanon, which is still scarred from its own 1975-90 civil war.

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