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An explosion rocked central Beirut during rush hour on Friday, witnesses said.
The cause was not immediately clear. Ambulances rushed to the scene in the Ashafriyeh district, a mostly Christian area.
Smoke was seen rising from the area of the blast, which occurred at a time of heightened tension between Lebanese political factions on opposite sides of the Syria conflict.
A car bomb has shaken the Lebanese capital of Beirut, with plumes of black smoke seen rising from the eastern part of the city. The Lebanese National News agency has reported several killed and more injuries.
The blast rocked the city’s Ashrafieh neighborhood during rush hour Friday, the Lebanese Daily Star reports.
At least seven cars were set on fire during the blast, an MTV correspondent on the ground reported. Considerable damage to the surrounding buildings has also been reported, and ambulances dispatched to the scene were taking the wounded to hospital.
Human body parts were seen scattered on the roads.
The explosion reportedly occurred 200 meters from a local Kataeb political headquarters, better known in English as the Phalanges Party.
The explosion occurred 200 meters from a local Kataeb political headquarters, better known in English as the Phalanges Party. The Phalanges are a right-wing Christian political-paramilitary organization which played a prominent role in the Lebanese Civil War.