Syrian civil war spills into Lebanon

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TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Gunmen loyal to opposite sides in neighboring Syria’s civil war battled today in the streets of a northern Lebanese city where two days of clashes have killed at least six people and wounded more than 50, officials said.

The Lebanese army fanned out in the city of Tripoli in an attempt to calm the fighting, with soldiers patrolling the streets in armored personnel carriers and manning checkpoints. Authorities closed major roads because of sniper fire.

The fighting comes at a time of deep uncertainty in Syria, with rebels fighting government troops near Assad’s seat of power in Damascus.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Syria’s regime against using its stockpile of chemical weapons, warning of “huge consequences” if Assad resorts to such weapons of mass destruction.

Syria has been careful not to confirm that it has chemical weapons, but the regime insists it would never use them against the Syrian people.

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