At Least 200 Casualties in Suicide Bombings in Beirut, Lebanon

At Least 200 Casualties in Suicide Bombings in Beirut, Lebanon

IS claims responsibility for suicide attack on Hezbollah, a staunch ally of Assad’s regime in Syria

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Data provided by Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Data provided by Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On November 12 (hereinafter local time), a pair of suicide bombings took place in a residential area of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, which resulted in over 200 casualties. The explosions set off in an area of southern Beirut called Burj al-Barajneh, a stronghold of Hezbollah—Shia Islamist political party and militant group.

According to the BBC, it is the deadliest bombing in Beirut since the civil war ended 25 years ago. At least 40 people were killed and more than 200 people were wounded in the double suicide bombings. Many of the injured were in critical condition, and the death toll is likely to rise. The explosions caused severe property damage as well as massive casualties. The buildings in the stricken area were badly damaged and burned as if they had suffered a carpet bombing.

The bombs exploded on two airport roads in the Borj al Barajneh area almost simultaneously around 6:00 p.m.—evening rush hour. A third would-be suicide bomber was detected and arrested near the scene of the twin suicide bombings.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Tamam Salam, said, “We condemn this cowardly criminal act that can never be justified,” and he also called for a united front against terrorism.

Reporter Lee Seul[dew@newshankuk.com]