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June 25, 2013 12:54 am

Syria Sectarian Conflict Crossing Over to Lebanon

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Palestinian supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine wave the group's red flag, the Syrian flag, and the Palestinian flag as they holds poster of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah during a rally on May 7, 2013, following two reported Israeli airstrikes on Syria that sent regional tensions soaring. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Israel Hayom – Lebanese soldiers fought Sunni Islamist gunmen in the southern city of Sidon for a second day on Monday. The ongoing violence is fueled by sectarian rifts over the civil war in neighboring Syria.

The army said 12 soldiers had been killed in clashes which broke out on Sunday after security forces detained a follower of the hardline Sunni Muslim cleric Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir. His supporters retaliated by opening fire at an army checkpoint.

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