Many weeks ago we suggested that one outcome of Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian civil war on behalf of Assad, particularly the conquest of Qusayr, would be car bombings in pro-Hezbollah sections of Beirut.
That prediction appears to be coming true.
A car bomb ripped through Tuesday Beirut’s southern suburbs, a stronghold of Hezbollah, wounding over 50 people, security sources said.
Ambulances and fire trucks rushed to the scene of the blast site – a parking lot belonging to a local cooperative in the residential and commercial Bir al-Abed – just before noon.
Tuesday’s explosion comes on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan for some Shiites….
According to military experts, the blast left a crater 2 meters wide and over 2 meters deep. At least 15 vehicles in and around the parking lot were completely destroyed.
Response teams and security forces quickly moved into the area just after 11 a.m. as residents helped in rushing the wounded to safety.
Health Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said the total number of wounded stood at 53. He said 41 were discharged from hospital after suffering light wounds and that 12 were still receiving treatment.
The Ya Libnan website reports:
A group of about 100 outraged Hezbollah supporters marched in the area after the blast, carrying pictures of Hezbollah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and shouting in support of their leader and sectarian slogans.
Hezbollah operatives fired in the air to disperse people who attacked the interior minister with stones after he inspected the scene of the blast, trapping him for 45 minutes in a building before he was escorted through a backdoor.
“The Shiite blood is boiling,” the Hezbollah supporters shouted….
“This is a message, but we will not bow,” said Ziad Waked, a municipal official speaking to Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television.
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