A powerful bomb exploded in a busy shopping center in Hezbollah’s stronghold in Beirut on Thursday, killing 18 people and injuring more than 200.
The bomb tore through off the apartment buildings and in Ruwais, a Shia dominants area where Hezbollah enjoys stanch support. Hezbollah has been the main target of Syrian rebels since sending its fighters to support the forces of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
A Syrian rebel group, who killed it “external operation” claimed the responsibility of attacks and threatened to carry out more attacks until the withdrawal of Hezbollah’s fighters from Syria.
The Lebanese army said the Beirut explosion, the deadliest attacks since the commencement of Syrian uprising, was caused by a car bomb.
The state news agency, on the behalf of Health Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, said that at least 19 people were killed and 291 others injured in the blast while news agency Reuters news agency put the causality toll to 20.
The intensity of blast was as much that it shattered the glasses as far as 500 yards away. The shopping center turned to a mourning site in a blink of eye.
According to witnesses scores of people were trapped into the buildings who had to be evocated by the ladder as the flames engulfed the area.