At least 20 people were killed and more than 212 were injured on Thursday when a car bomb went off near a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut’s Dahia quarter, a security source in Lebanon said.
While a Sunni Islamist group claimed responsibility for the bombing, Hezbollah and Lebanese officials said it bore the markings of a Zionist attack and served the interests of Israel.
The Lebanese Armed Forces stated that 60-80kgs. of explosive materials were used in the blast. A witness said at least five nearby buildings were damaged and many cars in the area were destroyed. The blast sent a column of black smoke over the densely populated area in the south of the Lebanese capital.
Senior Hezbollah figures said that the blast “has Zionist fingerprints all over it.”
Vice President of the Higher Shiite Council, Sheikh Abd al-Amir Kabalan, said the the attack “serves the Zionist agenda in the area.”