Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hezbollah Pays the Price Again For Fighting In Syria - Car Bomb In Southern Beirut Wounds 53

There isn't much that I enjoy more than seeing Hezbollah being the victim of Islamic terror attacks, especially car bombings.  I think back to the Hezbollah planned car bombing of our Marines in Lebanon back in the 80's and I would love to see the jihadis set off a car bomb every damn day of the week in the Hezbollah stronghold of southern Beirut.

Well, at least one jihadi got into the face of Hezbollah today and the car bomb injured 53 people.

So this is your "stronghold"....Hezbollah?

The story comes from DAWN.

Car bomb wounds 53 in Beirut suburb

BEIRUT: A car bomb on Tuesday rocked Beirut’s southern suburbs, a stronghold of Lebanon's Shia Hezbollah movement, injuring at least 53 people, government and military sources said.

The blast comes amid spiraling tension in Lebanon over the civil war raging in neighbouring Syria, where Hezbollah fighters have joined President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in facing down a revolt by mainly Sunni rebels.

The attack took place in a zone monitored closely by Hezbollah.

It is the most serious incident in the movement’s Beirut stronghold since the start of the Syria war more than two years ago.

“A car bomb exploded near a commercial cooperative called the Islamic Cooperation Centre in Bir al-Abed,” which lies in the heart of Hezbollah’s Beirut stronghold, the military source said.

Lebanon’s Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil told AFP that 53 people were wounded, adding that 12 remained in hospital and two had undergone surgery.

The densely populated Bir al-Abed neighbourhood is home mainly to Shia Muslims.

Several broadcasters, among them Hezbollah’s Al-Manar, showed firefighters battling several blazes while large clouds of black smoke billowed into the sky.

A witness told AFP the explosion was “huge”.

“Everyone started panicking. Everyone was running left and right” after the blast, said Carole Mansour, who owns a shoe shop near the affected area.

“The smoke was so (thick),” Mansour told AFP, adding that Hezbollah members dressed in civilian clothing were quick to deploy around the site of the blast.

“I started following the sounds of the screams of people. My employees ran to the site to try to see what was happening because they have relatives there,” she added.

“I can't believe someone would do this on the first day of Ramazan,” said Mansour, referring to the Muslim holy fasting month.

Some Muslims started their fasting on Tuesday, although others will begin fasting either Wednesday or Thursday.

Lebanese politicians from across the spectrum quickly condemned the blast, including President Michel Sleiman. Officially neutral in Syria’s conflict, Lebanon is deeply divided into pro- and anti-Assad camps.

Hezbollah and its allies back Assad, who adheres to the Alawite sect, while the Sunni-led opposition supports rebels seeking his ouster.

In an indication of the extent of the political divisions, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel was attacked by Hezbollah supporters as he arrived at the scene, an AFP photographer said.

Hezbollah officials then fired live rounds into the air to disperse the protesters, who were apparently opposed to the visit by Charbel, a member of Lebanon's anti-Assad camp. Tuesday's blast is not the first time Hezbollah's Beirut stronghold has come under attack in apparent retaliation for its role in the Syrian conflict.

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