ANTAKYA, Turkey — Passions aroused by the war in Syria continued to spread in Lebanon on Sunday, as four people died in clashes between supporters and opponents of the Syrian government.
Lebanon’s National News Agency said fighting broke out in the port city of Tripoli between Sunni Muslims and members of the Shiite-affiliated Alawite sect of which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a member.
The clashes, reportedly involving machine guns and rocket-
propelled grenades, coincided with the arrival of the bodies of three men who were among a group of Lebanese and Palestinians killed last week near the Syrian border town of Tal Kalakh, near Homs, apparently after they crossed into Syria to fight alongside the rebels.
The fighting Sunday underscored concerns that the Syrian war could aggravate sectarian tensions across the region. Anxiety has been particularly high in Tripoli, which has a majority-Sunni population supportive of Syria’s opposition forces and a minority of Alawites sympathetic to Assad.