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Five killed as Beirut blast rocks Hezbollah stronghold

Lebanon's health ministry said five people have been killed and 20 injured after a blast shook southern Beirut, a stronghold of Hezbollah.

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Beirut blast destroys front of several buildings

Many nearby buildings were damaged in the explosion. Credit: RTV

A powerful blast hit southern Beirut this afternoon, killing five people according to the health ministry and wounding at least 20.

The debris from the blast was strewn across the street. Credit: RTV

The blast sent a column of smoke into the sky and destroyed the front of many nearby buildings.

The city has been recently hit by a number of attacks recently, including one last week which killed a former minister.

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