Screen capture from video below.
A man loads his assault rifle and hands it to a little girl, who is maybe 7 or 8 years old. “You want to try it?” he asks. He shows her how to use it, and she shoots it thirteen times, beaming with pride afterwards. This video, filmed in the streets of Tripoli in northern Lebanon, is one of several videos that illustrate how children are used by Sunni and Alawite fighters to intimidate each other, according to our Observer.
According to our Observers in Tripoli, the video, which was filmed Saturday and published online Sunday, is set in the Bab El Tebbaneh neighbourhood. Sunni who live there regularly clash with Alawites, followers of an offshoot of Shiite Islam, who live in the adjacent neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsen. Sectarian fighting between residents of these two areas goes back several decades, but it has intensified since the start of the conflict in Syria, where the regime, headed by Alawite president Bashar Al Assad, is fighting against mostly Sunni rebels.
Fighting in Tripoli flared up again during the past week, leaving at least 28 dead and more than 200 wounded. Many families have fled the affected areas.
The face of the little girl was blurred by FRANCE 24.