A civilian on a scooter talks to Lebanese army soldiers as he tries to make his way through a blocked road in Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Clashes erupted in Tripoli Tuesday as Lebanese security forces Tuesday remained on full alert across the country in anticipation of a backlash against the Army's five-day operation to rid Arsal of militants.Tripoli was paralyzed by clashes that persisted throughout the day, prompting the Army to withdraw its forces from the northern neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh. A military statement said a bus carrying soldiers from the Tripoli neighborhood of Malouleh came under gunfire from armed gunmen, leaving seven soldiers wounded. A security source told The Daily Star that one soldier was in critical condition after the 6 a.m. attack. The source said an 8-year-old girl died Tuesday of wounds she sustained during the overnight clashes in the Bab al-Tabbaneh area. Nine other people, including four Lebanese soldiers, were also wounded, the source added. Otehr places where the Army was deployed included a deserted complex in the Kfar Falous neighborhood in Jezzine, and Sidon's Hammoud University Hospital, where an Army lieutenant was transferred to the hospital to receive treatment for wounds inflicted during the Arsal clashes.
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