Thursday, 15 August 2013

Bomb in Hezbollah Stronghold Kills 20

Car bomb wounds least 30 people in the Rwais section of southern Beirut.
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By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/15/2013, 7:28 PM

Scene of explosion in Beirut
Scene of explosion in Beirut
At least 20 people have been killed by a large explosion in a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut, with at least 30 reported wounded.

Lebanon's Daily Star reported that the blast took place on the main road between Rwais and Bir al-Abed. The neighborhood is a stronghold of Hezbollah.

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel confirmed that the blast was the result of car bomb.

TV footage showed dozens of residents screaming and fleeing the scene of carnage with dozens of cars in flames.

Emergency response teams rushed to the scene as thick plumes of smoke filled the sky.

Over 50 people were wounded in Bir al-Abed on July 9 when a car bomb exploded, in an attack widely seen as revenge against Hezbollah for its role in the civil war in Syria.