Twin explosions hit Beirut’s Bir Hassan

Explosions in Bir Hassan
Twin blasts hit Bir Hassan

BEIRUT - Two explosions, claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, hit the Beirut area of Bir Hassan on Wednesday killing at least six people and injuring dozens in the latest attack to target the Lebanese capital.


According to The Health Ministry at least six people were killed and 129 injured in the explosions, while NOW’s correspondent said that initial reports showed that “the suicide attackers detonated the explosives before reaching their target.”


The blasts took place near the Iranian Chancellery in the vicinity of the Shiite-populated Hezbollah stronghold of Dahiyeh and were followed by an announcement by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades on Twitter claiming responsibility for the attack.


“Your brothers at the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Al-Hussein Ben-Ali’s Company, claim the invasion of the Iranian Chancellery through twin-suicide attacks,” the group wrote on Twitter.


“The invasion of the Iranian Chancellery is a retaliation to [the involvement] of Iran’s party [Hezbollah’s] in Syria alongside the criminal Syrian regime and a response to the ongoing incarceration of Muslim youths in Lebanese prisons.”


The group also vowed to continue its targeting of Iranian and Hezbollah political and security locations in Lebanon.


Lebanese television crews at the scene broadcast footage of widespread destruction, with emergency teams carrying the injured away from a charred street strewn with rubble, AFP reported.


Several vehicles could be seen ablaze and the air was still thick with smoke, it added.


AFP also reported that the attacks appeared to target the Iranian cultural center, and an AFP photographer at the scene said the blasts had occurred beyond a security checkpoint at the center, near the building.


Minutes after the explosion, the newly appointed Health Minister Wael Abu Faour requested hospitals in the Bir Hassan area to admit all wounded victims of the explosion and treat them at the expense of the ministry, LBC television reported.


Following the blast the Iranian embassy announced that there were no critical conditions among the diplomatic staff of the Iranian Chancellery located near the blast.


The Kuwaiti embassy, which is also located in the area, confirmed that its employees are safe and that no casualties were reported as a result of the nearby explosion.


Two other Al-Qaeda-linked groups have claimed responsibility for previous suicide bombings in Shiite-populated areas of Beirut.

The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the January 2 suicide bombing in Haret al-Harayk.

Their statement came the same day that the Lebanese army announced the death of Abdullah Azzam Brigades chief Majid al-Majid, who died in custody.

Majid’s Al-Qaeda offshoot terror group claimed responsibility for the November 19 twin bombings outside the Iranian embassy in southern Beirut that killed at least 20 people.

Shiite-populated areas in Lebanon have been the target of a series of terror attacks since Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced in May that his Shiite party was fighting on behalf of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

Twin explosions hit Beirut's Bir Hassan on February 19, 2014.

Your brothers at the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Al-Hussein Ben-Ali’s Company, claim the invasion of the Iranian Chancellery.


    let see now what nasrallah will have to say : ''let send another 10000 men to syria .. do not worry for me I am very comfortable in my bunker 200ft deep; I even became friend with my fellow rats who live here '' ...............

    February 19, 2014