A pro-government gunman, holds his AK-47 as he sits on his scooter at Bab el-Tabaneh district, in Tripoli, north of Lebanon, on Sunday June 22, 2008.
Lebanese security and medical officials said that fighting has broken out in northern Lebanon between pro-and anti-government supporters wounding at least 10 people. The security officials say tension has been on the rise for several days between pro-government supporters in Tripoli's Bab el-Tabaneh district and opposition supporters in the neighboring Jabal Mohsen. They say machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades are being used in Sunday's fighting.
The clashes raged as of 6 a.m., two hours after unidentified assailants in the pro-opposition stronghold of Baal Mohsen hurled hand grenades at Tabbaneh, a predominantly Sunni Muslim district backing Saad Hariri's Mustaqbal Movement.
A police source said most of the wounded were Tripoli citizens hit by sniper fire from rooftop nests in Baal Mohsen.
Mortars, Rocket-Propelled Grenade launchers and automatic rifles were used in the confrontation, police reported.