Lebanon is home to 18 religious groups, making it the most religiously diverse country in the Middle East. 

In Tripoli, the country's northern city, near the Syrian border, one street divides the city's populations of Sunnis in Bab el-Tebbaneh and Alawites in Jabal Mohsen. As the Syrian conflict has raged just across the border, Tripoli has seen the often sectarian tensions spill over into its neighborhoods.

The dividing street between the two communities is called, perhaps fittingly, Syria Street.

Although violence that once marred the area has ceased, the poverty that helped make it a breeding ground for conflict, remains. 

This is why the International Committee of the Red Cross has launched a new interactive website this week, sharing the stories and commentary of the residents of this complex city. 

"The terrible economic conditions here force people like me to carry weapons for money and fight in the streets," Rami, a resident of Bab el-Tebbaneh, said. "It’s a political and economic conflict, not sectarian as some people like to label it," he explained.

It's a heartbreaking and surreal look at the reality of a people, caught in the crossfires of tensions few fully understand.

One person told the ICRC's correspondent, "What happens in Syria has always impacted the politics of Lebanon."

Another Tripoli resident pointed to the confusion and fear that arises as a result of the fighting. 

"My bedroom is pink, but bullets have come through my wall so now I’m afraid to sleep in it," one young girl named Zaynab, a resident of Jabal Mohsen, said, according to the site. 

"I don’t even know why people here are fighting."

And yet, there is hope among this community as well.

"I hope that when my children run this shop they can live here in an atmosphere of tolerance," Abbas, a shopkeeper from Bab el-Tabbaneh said.

Similarly, Alaa Mohanna, a resident Bab al-Tabbaneh said she already sees things improving. 

"When I go outside I am optimistic. I feel that Syria Street is getting better, slowly coming back to life," she said.

But, sadness remains among many of the residents.

"We are trying to coexist and live together in peace. It makes me sad that we're all Muslims and yet we fight each other," a resident told the ICRC.

Visit SyriaStreet.com for the full interactive presentation.