Beirut car bomb blast

Several people have injured after a car bomb exploded in an area of southern Beirut controlled by the Shi'ite group Hezbollah this morning, Reuters reported.

Beirut bomb blast 'shows Syrian crisis has spilled over'

Israel's defence minister Moshe Ya'alon said the Syrian crisis has "spilled over" to Lebanon because of Hezbollah's involvement in the war.

Mr Yaalon said: "The Syrian civil war has long spilled over into Lebanon as a result of Hezbollah involvement in Syria fighting.

Lebanese military police inspect the remains of a vehicle at the site of today's explosion.
Lebanese military police inspect the remains of a vehicle at the site of today's explosion. Credit: REUTERS/Hasan Shaaban

"We see inside Lebanon, in Tripoli, Sidon and also in Beirut, from reports today of a car bomb that exploded there".

"We are not dealing with this and not intervening in it".

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'At least 38 people injured' in Beirut car bomb blast

At least 38 people were injured when a car bomb exploded in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut, Reuters reported, citing a hospital official.

Security personnel and people gather at the site of the explosion in Beirut.
Security personnel and people gather at the site of the explosion in Beirut. Credit: REUTERS/Khalil Hassan

Lebanon's Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, who toured the site of the blast, said the attack was aimed at creating a Sunni-Shi'ite "sectarian strife", but would not succeed.

Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah demonstrate near the blast site.
Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah demonstrate near the blast site. Credit: REUTERS/Khalil Hassan

He said, "I am at pains to describe what I have seen. I don't know what the aim of this action is. Of course, what they are trying to do is to create a sectarian strife ... what I can assure you is that neither Sunnis or Shi'ites will be dragged into it no matter what happens".

A woman walks over shattered glass past damaged cars in the Hezbollah neighbourhood.
A woman walks over shattered glass past damaged cars in the Hezbollah neighbourhood. Credit: REUTERS/Khalil Hassan

Reports that one person had been killed in the car park where the explosion took place could not be confirmed by hospital officials, the news agency added.

'At least 18 people injured' in Beirut car bomb blast

At least 18 people were injured when a car bomb detonated in a southern Beirut Hezbollah stronghold this morning, security sources told Reuters.

Civil Defence members, security personnel and civilians gather at the explosion site.
Civil Defence members, security personnel and civilians gather at the explosion site. Credit: REUTERS/Issam Kobeisi

The sources were unable to confirm initial reports from medics at the scene that "several people" were killed in the blast.

Firefighters and Civil Defence members extinguish the fire in a Hezbollah stronghold.
Firefighters and Civil Defence members extinguish the fire in a Hezbollah stronghold. Credit: REUTERS/Issam Kobeisi

The area of the blast, which damaged cars and buildings, has now been cordoned off.

Locals gather round the blast site in the area of Bir el Abed.
Locals gather round the blast site in the area of Bir el Abed. Credit: REUTERS/Issam Kobeisi

Fires raged from dozens of cars which were set ablaze in the car park where the vehicle rigged with explosives was left.

Clouds of black smoke engulf Beirut neighbourhood

Several people have been killed or wounded after a car bomb detonated in an area of southern Beirut controlled by the Shi'ite group Hezbollah, Reuters reported.

The car bomb detonated in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut.
The car bomb detonated in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut. Credit: RTV

Tensions in Lebanon have been high following the intervention of Hezbollah in support of President Bashar al Assad, whose forces are fighting opposition forces.

The scene of the car bomb explosion in southern Beirut.
The scene of the car bomb explosion in southern Beirut. Credit: RTV

The power of the blast shattered windows and damaged several buildings while clouds of black smoke cover the busy residential area of Bir el Abed.

The blast shattered windows and damaged several buildings in the area.
The blast shattered windows and damaged several buildings in the area. Credit: RTV

It was unclear who was behind today's explosion.

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'Loud explosion' strikes Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut

A loud explosion struck a neighborhood in south Beirut this morning, Lebanese security officials said.

The nature of the explosion in the suburb of Bir el Abed, a stronghold of the Shi'ite group Hezbollah, was not immediately clear, the unnamed officials told the Associated Press.

Some Syrian rebel groups have threatened to strike in Lebanon after Hezbollah joined Syrian President Bashar al Assad's troops in their battle against opposition fighters.