Lebanon troops, Islamists clash in historic Tripoli market

Lebanese troops fought a fierce and deadly battle Saturday with Islamist gunmen in the historic market of second city Tripoli, in clashes that devastated parts of the popular tourist site.

It was the first time since the civil war in neighbouring Syria erupted in 2011 that violence had spread to the market in the northern city’s historical centre, which is on the shortlist for selection as a UNESCO world heritage site.

The army announced in the evening that six soldiers were killed in the fighting that rocked Tripoli and in attacks around the northern port city.

A security official said a civilian caught in the crossfire and a gunman were killed, while nine soldiers, eight civilians and six militants were wounded. One of the wounded civilians is a local journalist.

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