A car bomb late Thursday afternoon went off on the main road between the Al-Roueiss and Bir al-Abed areas of Beirut's Hezbollah-stronghold of Dahiyeh, leaving at least 16 people dead and 226 injured according to Lebanon's Health Ministry.
A group of masked men dubbing themselves the “Aisha, Mother of the Believers, Brigades for Foreign Missions” on Thursday evening posted a video on YouTube claiming responsibility for the car bomb.
The explosion comes the day after Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gave an interview on Al-Mayadeen television in which he said his party's fighters had been behind the attack on Israeli soldiers just inside the Lebanese border on August 7.
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[22:20] Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati said that the hands of strife are attacking the country.
[22:02] Lebanon’s Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri said that the explosion that took place in Beirut’s Dahiyeh is a crime which only serves Israel’s interests.
[21:20] Lebanese Health Ministry: 16 killed and 226 injured in Dahiyeh bomb blast.
[21:20] Firefighters extinguish flames at the site of Thursday’s bomb. (AFP)
[21:18] Emergency personnel and civilians gather at the site of Thursday’s car bombing in Beirut’s Dahiyeh. (AFP)
[20:50] The US on Thursday condemned the deadly car bomb that hit the southern Dahiyeh area of Lebanon's capital.
“US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly strongly condemns today’s reported bombing in the southern suburbs of Beirut between the neighborhoods of Bir al-Abed and Al-Roueiss,” a statement issued by the US Embassy in Lebanon said.
[20:48] Aoun Lebanon’s Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun said that the people who carried out the explosion that took place in Beirut’s Dahiyeh were not “human.”
[20:42] LBC: Large number of people gathered in front of Al-Sahel Hospital to visit injured people, donate blood.
[20:37] Amal MP Abdel Majid Saleh: The Israeli enemy and its agents had something to do with the Al-Roueiss explosion.
[20:33] Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh denounces terrorist explosion targeting Dahiyeh on anniversary of the end of the 2006 July War.
[20:30] Lebanon’s Prime Minsiter-designate Tammam Salam denounced the explosion that took place in Beirut’s Dahiyeh and called for joint efforts and support for the security forces and the Lebanese Armed Forces.
[20:24] Al-Arabiya: Dahiyeh explosion caused by suicide attack using car bomb.
[20:22] President Michel Suleiman: Dahiyeh explosion is cowardly, its criminal method has Israel’s prints all over it.
[20:15] Reuters: 20 killed in Dahiyeh blast.
[20:06] Al-Manar: Four martyrs, around 100 injured arrive at Al-Rasoul al-Aatham Hospital.
[20:05] Lebanon’s Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri denounced the deadly explosion which targeted Beirut’s Dahiyeh on Thursday evening.
[20:03] Hezbollah MP Ali Ammar: Dahiyeh, in spite of its pain, is keen on Lebanon’s national unity.
[19:55] LBC: PSP leader Walid Jumblatt accuses Israel of Dahiyeh blast.
[19:53] Army confirms Dahiyeh explosion caused by car bomb, investigations ongoing.
[19:42] Lebanon’s Future bloc leader MP Fouad Siniora denounced the explosion which rocked the Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh on Thursday.
[19:40] Lebanese Red Cross Secretary General Georges Katana to Al-Jadeed: Wounded still being evacuated from blast site.
[19:38] Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said that the targeting of any of the country’s areas targets Lebanon as a whole, in reference to Thursday’s car bomb in Beirut’s Dahiyeh.
[19:34] Red Cross: Over 120 injured in Dahiyeh explosion.
[19:28] A video posted on YouTube shows masked men dubbing themselves the "Aisha the Mother of Believers Brigades for Foreign Missions" claiming responsibility for Thursday's bombing.
[19:26] Al-Jadeed quoting Amin Gemayel: The events in Dahiyeh target all of Lebanon.
[19:24] MTV quoting Jumblatt: We condemn the terrorist explosion which targeted innocent people in Dahiyeh.
[19:21] A screen grab from Al-Manar television shows cars burning in Beirut's Dahiyeh following Thursday's explosion. (AFP/Al-Manar)
[19:13] Al-Jadeed: Hezbollah leaders deny rumors that the explosion targeted a party official.
[19:10] Al-Jadeed: Six buildings caught fire as a result of car bomb.
[19:06] Voice of Lebanon (100.5): More than 13 people killed and 42 injured in the Dahiyeh blast.
[18:58] Voice of Lebanon (93.3) radio: Army says explosion caused by bomb weighing between 60 and 80 kilograms.
[18:55] Reuters cited a witness as saying that rescue workers found nine bodies at the site of the Dahiyeh car bombing.
[18:54] Red Cross to Voice of Lebanon radio: At least three people were killed in the blast.
[18:53] Al-Manar: Explosion caused great damage to the area’s houses, shops, and cars.
[18:46] LBC: Red Cross says 30 people injured in the blast, search for more casualties ongoing.
[18:40] Al-Manar: Car bomb caused a number of casualties.
[18:38] Al-Manar: Dahiyeh blast result of a car bomb.
[18:31] Reuters: At least one killed, three injured in Dahiyeh explosion.
[18:23] Al-Manar: Explosion took place on main road between Al-Roueiss and Bir al-Abed in Dahiyeh
[18:21] LBC: Explosion took place in Al-Rouweiss area in Beirut’s Dahiyeh.