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Tensions high following Beirut bombing

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 - 01:15

Aug. 16 - Tensions are high in Beirut after a bomb blast on Thursday killed more than 20 people and wounded 335. Jessica Gray reports.

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The aftermath of a car bombing in a southern Beirut suburb, which killed at more than 20 people and wounded 335 on Thursday. On Friday morning, authorities patrolled the blast site and damaged buildings nearby. They were joined by residents surveying the charred remains of their homes and shops. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED LEBANESE CITIZEN, SAYING: "I was home with my family when it happened. My maid hurt her shoulder and my wife cracked her head right here." The bomb exploded in the evening, setting the area ablaze. The blast came a month after another car bomb wounded more than 50 people in the same district of the Lebanese capital. The Brigades of Aisha, a Sunni Islamist organisation seen here on video uploaded to social media on Thursday, claimed responsibility for the latest attack and promised further operations against Lebanon's Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah. Residents of southern Beirut say Hezbollah had been on high alert and stepped up security in the area after warnings from Syrian rebels of possible retaliation for the group's support for President Bashar al-Assad.

Tensions high following Beirut bombing

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 - 01:15

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