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Lebanese residents recall embassy blasts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 01:34

Nov. 20 - The morning after two suicide blasts rip through Iran's embassy compound in Lebanon, residents recall the events and offer condolences. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Surveillance footage shows the moment when 2 suicide blasts ripped through Iran's embassy compound in Beirut, killing at least 23 people. The day after, locals offer their condolences at the Iranian embassy. Hezbollah parliament member Mohammed Fneish was among them. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEZBOLLAH PARLIAMENT MEMBER MOHAMMED FNEISH SAYING: "This is a sign of the inability to realize any progress or accomplishment against the resistance's project. They always return to the method of revenge from the people and the killing of innocents. The event is surely condemned by all ethical standards and won't affect anything in the political parties intentions to maintain their position concerning the resistance, because it defends a rightful issue." A Lebanon-based al Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility and threatened further attacks unless Iran withdraws its forces from Syria. Residents recall the horrific events: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF BLASTS SITE AREA, MALAK, SAYING: "When the explosions happened, I was not home. Only the housekeepers were here. After the first explosion, they went on to the balcony to see what had happened, then the second explosion happened and they fell back- the house's glass was destroyed, the roof and cables too, everything. And we've come back home now to find body parts have reached the house on the sixth floor." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE CITIZEN AND BEIRUT RESIDENT, MOHAMMED FTOUNI, SAYING: "We tell them no matter what you do and kill, we have a quote for Imam Khomeini that says: 'Kill us, our people will be more aware and conscious'."

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Lebanese residents recall embassy blasts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 01:34