Three soldiers were wounded when unknown assailants opened fire Saturday night at an army checkpoint in the northern city of Tripoli, reported Voice of Lebanon radio on Sunday.

A security official told Agence France Presse that the shooting took place at a checkpoint located between the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.

He said that the assailants initially opened fire towards Jabal Mohsen, prompting the soldiers to retaliate.

A shooting consequently broke out for a few moments between the neighborhood of Harat al-Baranieh and Jabal Mohsen.

Tensions are high between the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods that have repeatedly witnessed clashes.

The tensions have been intensified in light of the eruption of the Syrian uprising, with Bab al-Tabbaneh supporting the Syrian people and Jabal Mohsen supporting the ruling regime.

The most recent of clashes between the two neighborhoods took place in February over support of the Syrian developments.

At least five people, including soldiers, were wounded in the incident.

SourceAgence France Presse

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