Monday 11 December 2017

Syria blamed for bomb carnage in Beirut street

Ruth Sherlock Beirut

A car bomb ripped through a crowded Beirut street, killing Lebanon's most senior intelligence official and at least seven others as the country's divisions over Syria's civil war erupted into factional conflict.

Gen Wissam al-Hassan, the head of Lebanon's internal security forces and a known thorn in the side of the Bashar al-Asssad's Syrian regime, was fatally injured when the bomb detonated outside one of his homes.

The blast in the predominantly Christian quarter of central Beirut resulted in scenes reminiscent of the dark days of Lebanon's civil war.

Ambulances ferried scores of dead and wounded to hospitals. Within an hour Sunni Muslims took to the streets in protest.

Last night some of Lebanon's most senior politicians openly accused the Assad regime of murdering the intelligence chief. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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