Dozens injured in Beirut car bomb

  • Dozens of people were injured on Tuesday morning after a car bomb exploded near the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

    The bomb was detonated in a stronghold district of the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place near a shopping mall in Bir al-Abed, close to the homes and offices of Hezbollah officials.

    Most of the casualties were apparently women and children out shopping before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

    In recent weeks, tensions in Lebanon have escalated after the Hezbollah intervened in the fighting to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Rebels in Syria have threatened to target the Hezbollah.

    In May, two rockets hit south Beirut.

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