On June 17, at least seven people were killed in clashes between
Lebanon's Alawites and Sunnis, Middle East Newsline reported. The fighting was sparked by a demonstration
by Sunnis against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, himself
"The Army succeeded in putting an end to the lava of the Syrian volcano
and would continue with the security forces for any [future] confrontation,"
another official told Lebanon's An Nahar daily on June 19.
Over the last two months, thousands of Syrians, most of them Sunnis,
fled their country for Lebanon. Officials said the Syrian military has
sought to enter Lebanon in pursuit of the Sunni opponents.
So far, the Lebanese Army, trained and equipped by the United States
although dominated by the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah, has been deployed in
two neighborhoods of Tripoli. Officials said the military presence could
come under attack from Al Qaida-aligned insurgents in Tripoli.
"We will will respond with firmness and strength to the sources of fire
from any side and will not show leniency with anyone carrying arms or
jeopardizing the lives of people," the Lebanese Army said.