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Lebanon mourns 47 killed in twin blasts

CHAOS AND DESTRUCTION:Two deadly explosions hit Tripoli, a city where Sunni supporters of Syria’s rebels often clash with Alawites, who back the al-Assad regime

AFP, TRIPOLI, Lebanon

Tripoli has seen frequent Syria-related violence during the past two years, including waves of deadly clashes. Lebanon is officially neutral in Syria’s conflict, but the country is deeply divided.

“It is clear that there is a desire to trigger a confessional war in Lebanon to divert attention from what is happening in Syria,” said Hilal Khashan, chairman of the political science department at the American University of Beirut.

The bombings were reminiscent of attacks that shook the country during its civil war, but Khashan said he did not think a confessional war would break out “because it will not benefit anyone.”

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