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Bomb blast in Beirut kills at least eight
Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Oct 19, 2012

Posted on 10/19/2012 7:55:27 AM PDT by nuconvert

A huge car bomb exploded in a street in central Beirut during rush hour on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding about 80, witnesses and officials said.

It was not immediately clear if the explosion targeted any political figure in Lebanon's divided community but it occurred at a time of heightened tension between Lebanese factions on opposite sides of the Syria conflict.

The bomb exploded in the street where the office of the anti-Damascus Christian Phalange Party is located near Sassine Square in Ashafriyeh, a mostly Christian area.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: beirut; lebanon; syria; terrorism

1 posted on 10/19/2012 7:55:33 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
The bomb exploded in the street where the office of the anti-Damascus Christian Phalange Party is located near Sassine Square in Ashafriyeh, a mostly Christian area.

What a surprise.

2 posted on 10/19/2012 8:17:51 AM PDT by livius
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Terrible shame and prayers for all involved - I was in Achrafiyeh last weekend, it’s one of Beirut’s nicest areas.

It appears this was a targeted assassination, rather than a random car bomb - Wissam al-Hassan, head of government security dept, and chief investigator into the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri, was one of those killed in the blast. Which points the finger suspiciously at the Assad regime in Syria.

The fear now is that this is the start of a relapse into the 2004-2008 period when car bombs in Beirut were an almost-weekly occurrence...


3 posted on 10/19/2012 9:01:47 AM PDT by Zajko (Never wrestle with a pig. You'll both get dirty, but the pig likes it.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks nuconvert. The bomb was apparently intended for someone opposed to the Syrian occupation of Lebanon and who was behind the arrest of a pro-Syrian slob. And that’s all that’s going on here.

Pope sending NY Cardinal Dolan on peace mission to Syria
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2946699/posts


4 posted on 10/19/2012 7:56:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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