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PM urges unity amidst deadly Tripoli clashes
Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012
Dubai- Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged national unity to insulate the country from “the burning fires all around it,” after gun battles in his hometown of Tripoli.
Mikati expressed concern over “attempts to involve Lebanon more and more” in the conflict in Syria. All parties should consider themselves responsible for the “bloody events in Tripoli” and the “consequences resulting from killing, destruction and bloodshed that will not only impact the city but Lebanon as a whole,” he said.
The remarks came a day after eight people were killed and more than 70 wounded in the northern city of Tripoli in fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, the latest sign that the violence in Syria is spilling into its neighbour.
A car blew up in the Dumar district in northwestern Damascus, killing three men inside, the Britain-based Observatory said, without giving further details on the cause of the explosion. The army launched massive assaults on several areas where anti-regime sentiment is strong in and around the southwest of Damascus, including heavy shelling, helicopter fire and mass arrest sweeps, the watchdog said.
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