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A LARGE explosion has rocked a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital killing at least five people. The nature of the explosion that hit during rush hour in the Haret Hreik neighborhood was not immediately clear, but a Lebanese security official said it appeared to be caused by a car bomb. If confirmed as a bombing, then it would be the latest in a wave of attacks to hit Lebanon in recent months as the civil war in Syria increasingly spills over into its smaller neighbour.
The attacks have targeted both Sunni and Shiite neighbourhoods, further stoking sectarian tensions that are already running high because of the war next door. Lebanon's Health Ministry said at least five people were killed and 20 wounded in the explosion, which left the mangled wreckage of cars in the street and blew out the windows of store fronts.
Hezbollah security agents as well as Lebanese troops were trying to cordon off the area to keep the angry crowds away from the blast site. "Suddenly, the whole area went bright and we started running away,'' Ali Oleik, an accountant who works in a nearby office building, said. "I saw two bodies on the street, one of a woman and another of a man on a motorcycle who was totally deformed.''
Authorities brought out bomb sniffing dogs, and at one point announced that there might be another bomb, setting the crowd scattering in panic from the area. The explosion comes a week after a car bombing in downtown Beirut killed a prominent Sunni politician who had been critical of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Hezbollah allies.
reply to post by Rainbowresidue
And there are so many Syrians here now, fleeing their country, living like poor people, and starving, the government is trying to help them, set up tents, providing food and shelter. But this is a very small country, and it's also becoming a problem.
Time to go. Get the heck out of there for craps sake. I fail to see why anyone would live under those conditions. Are you not allowed to pack up and go somewhere else?
reply to post by pandersway
Its what they do there. They have to all get along. They never did, never will. Shame too... because the Lebanese are wonderful people.edit on 09-22-2013 by mysterioustranger because: (no reason given)