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July 9, 2013 7:54 am

Car Bomb Rocks Hezbollah Stronghold in Southern Beirut

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Screen shot of Beirut blast. Photo : Al-Manar TV.

Times of Israel/AP – A large explosion rocked a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group south of the Lebanese capital Tuesday, setting several cars on fire, sending a thick plume of black smoke billowing into the sky and wounding at least 18 people, security officials said.

The powerful blast in a bustling commercial and residential neighborhood came as many Lebanese Shiites began observing the holy month of Ramadan, and is the worst explosion to hit the area in years — likely direct fallout of the civil war raging in neighboring Syria.

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