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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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.