Sectarian Fighting is Child's Play in Lebanon
As sectarian clashes in Lebanon's second city continue, video of a child purportedly shooting in Tripoli's clashes has gone viral.
The 13-second clip, of a young boy in the Sunni-majority neighborhood of Bab al Tabbaneh enthusiastically aiming a rifle and firing shots at an unknown target in the Allawite enclave of Jabal Mohsen from behind a curtain, is shocking in the ordinariness of the situation. The family appears to congratulate the boy, as casually as any family would after watching a Little League game. The video follows warnings from Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud that Lebanon may be "on the brink of a civil war".
Concern has been raised about increasing tensions in the northern Lebanese city, which have erupted between Sunni and Alawite gunmen, who support opposite sides in the civil war in neighboring Syria.Tripoli is home to 200,000 people, with an 80 percent Sunni majority facing a 6-7 percent Alawite minority.