Beirut car bomb targeting Hezbollah kills 20
A car bomb killed at least 20 people and wounded over 100 more in the southern suburb of Beirut Thursday, a stronghold of Hezbollah, security sources told The Daily Star.
The sources said at least 30 people were also wounded in the blast on the main road between Rwais and Bir al-Abed, a neighborhood of the southern suburb that in July was the target of a similar car explosion.
Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel confirmed that the blast was the result of car explosion.
TV footage showed scores of residents screaming while trying to flee the carnage with dozens of cars in flames and other extensive damage in the area.
Emergency response teams rushed to the scene of the blast that caused thick plumes of smoke to fill the sky over the Lebanese capital.
Over 50 people were wounded on July 9 after a car bomb ripped through the Bir al-Abed neighborhood of the southern suburb of Beirut, in an incident widely linked to the crisis in neighboring Syria.