At least one person has been reportedly killed and two others wounded during fresh clashes in Lebanon ' s northern port city of Tripoli.
One man was killed on Saturday as deadly violence continued for the 3rd day in Tripoli, according to local residents. The violence has escalated in the wake of the resignation of former Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Friday after ministerial disagreements on the formation of an electoral watchdog and the extension of the term of office of police Chief Major General Ashraf Rifi.
" Now it is important for dialogue to begin and for a salvation government to be established during this difficult period, " Mikati wrote on his official Twitter page after handing in his resignation.
Local media reported that President Michel Suleiman accepted Mikati's resignation, asking him to serve as caretaker prime minister until a planned parliamentary election, due in three month. Mikati quit against the backdrop of tensions in the northern city of Tripoli where seven people, including a soldier, have been killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of the Syrian government since Thursday. The Syrian conflict has spilled over into Beirut and other Lebanese areas, and clashes have frequently been reported along border regions. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Syrian army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.