Written by Staff Writer
19 Nov, 2013 | 2:19 pm
Seven people have been reported killed as explosions struck near the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut.
Conflicting reports say the blasts could have come from rockets or a car bomb. Several buildings were damaged, eyewitnesses said.The above image from Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV channel showed the aftermath of the blast
Iran is a major backer of the Lebanaese Shia militant group Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to Syria to back the government of Bashar al-Assad.
The conflict in Syria has worsened sectarian tensions in Lebanon.
The area around the Iranian embassy, in south Beirut, is considered a Hezbollah stronghold. On August 15, 16 people were killed in a blast in south Beirut believed to be linked to the spillover into Lebanon from the Syrian conflict.
Hezbollah fighters were instrumental in a strategic victory by Syrian government forces in Qusair, close to the border with Lebanon, in early June.
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