BEIRUT, May 19 (Xinhua) -- At least one people was killed and four others were wounded Sunday in clashes that erupted between the rival Tripoli neighborhoods of Sunnis Bab al-Tabbaneh and Alawites Jabal Mohsen.
The clashes broke out following media reports about the Syrian army's launching an offensive on the Qusayr neighborhood of Homs with the help of the Shiite Hezbollah Lebanese group.
According to the state-run National News Agency, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades were being used in the clashes which were concentrated on the Haret al-Muhajirin and al-Omari frontiers and the area surrounding al-Nassri Mosque.
It said that 12-year-old boy Bilal Youssef was killed in al- Omari Street in Jabal Mohsen, noting that "the shooting started in Bab al-Tabbaneh over reports that 12 of Salafist Sheikh Salem al- Rafehi's supporters were killed while fighting alongside the Syrian opposition in Qusayr."
A security source told Xinhua that "the army deployed heavily in the street which separates Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, amid low-intensity clashes."
In March, at least five people were killed and 26 others were wounded, including army troops, in clashes between the two rival neighborhoods.
The Sunni district of Bab al-Tabbaneh borders the Alawite Jabal Mohsen area, and gunmen in the two areas regularly open fire on each other.