20-06-2021 09:54 PM Jerusalem Timing

Lebanese Army Officer Shot Dead in Tripoli

Lebanese Army Officer Shot Dead in Tripoli

A Lebanese army officer was shot dead in the country’s second city of Tripoli during fighting between rival sects on Thursday.

Lebanese army soldiers in TripoliA Lebanese army officer was shot dead in the country's second city of Tripoli during fighting between rival sects on Thursday, a security source and state media said.

Lebanon's National News Agency said masked men on a motorcycle had opened fire on the officer, Fadi al-Jbaili, at around 6:30 a.m. local time (0430 GMT), killing him instantly.

Fighting between Tripoli's rivals has killed at least 28 people over the last two weeks.

Long-running tensions between the two sects have been made worse by the three-year-old conflict in neighboring Syria, where armed mercenaries are fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

Earlier on Wednesday, at least three people were killed in fighting in the northern coastal city, including an 11-year-old boy.

Another officer in Lebanon's security forces escaped without injury when gunmen opened fire on him, the National News agency reported on Thursday.