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At least 20 dead, 150 wounded in blast near Hezbollah HQ in Beirut

Published time: August 15, 2013 16:05
Edited time: August 16, 2013 10:18

Cars burn at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs, August 15, 2013 (Reuters / Mahmoud Kheir)

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At least twenty people have been killed and 150 wounded in an explosion near the Hezbollah headquarters in Lebanese capital Beirut, according to security sources. Sunni radicals have claimed responsibility for the sectarian attack.

"This is the second time that we decide the place of the battle and its timing...And you will see more, God willing," said a video statement from a group calling itself Brigades of Aisha, addressed to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Hezbollah represents a rival Shi'ite offshoot of Islam.

Lebanese people gather at the site of a car bomb between the Bir el-Abed and Roueiss neighbourhoods, in the southern suburb of Beirut on August 15, 2013 (AFP Photo)

A car bomb detonation near the same location last month wounded 53 people.

The blast – reportedly from a car bomb – rang out outside “Mafhouz Stores”, an upmarket shopping mall in a predominantly Shi'ite district late afternoon on Thursday. A handful of buildings and dozens of nearby cars were damaged, as local TV cameras captured hundreds of bystanders trying to escape the smoke and fire in panic.

People shout for help at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs, August 15, 2013 (Reuters / Mahmoud Kheir)

An eyewitness reported that several people trapped in neighboring buildings screamed for help from the windows.

Hezbollah militia immediately put up a security cordon around the affected area.

Lebanon has been riven by conflict between its Shia and Sunni populations, which has intensified as a result of fighting in next-door Syria. Syrian president Bashar Assad is a part of a Shi’ite sect, while many of his opponents are Sunni. Hezbollah, which is also Shi’ite, has joined the war on Assad’s side, arousing anger among Lebanon’s Sunnis.

A woman cries at the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs, August 15, 2013 (Reuters / Mahmoud Kheir)

People react as the they gather around the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs, August 15, 2013 (Reuters / Mahmoud Kheir)

Smoke rises behind building from the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs, August 15, 2013 (Reuters / Mahmoud)

Smoke rises behind buildings from the site of an explosion in Beirut's southern suburbs, August 15, 2013 (Reuters / Mohamed Azakir)


Comments (12)

 

Fadi Ateeq 24.08.2013 05:47

Blind criminal acts

 

Rash 16.08.2013 17:01

These thick as dumb Shiite n Sunni Muslims are being sponsord by Zionist to do there dirty work by killing each other so when there is no more killing left to do they will just come in n take there resource.

 

Rash 16.08.2013 16:53

Another state sponsored terrorism attack on Lebanon people by this blood sucking Zionist group which wants to control the resource of Middle East country's

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