A massive car bomb ripped through a Beirut stronghold of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group that has been fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s civil war, wounding 53 people on Tuesday.
Carole Mansour, who owns a shoe shop near the affected area, told AFP that everyone panicked and ran in different directions when the huge explosion occurred.
Hezbollah MP Ali Ammar said that no member of the Shia party was hurt in the explosion.
Al-Manar television – which belongs to Hezbollah – said that the car bomb was in a parking lot near an Islamic center.
There was no immediate indication of who was behind the blast, the worst such attack in years.
Officially neutral in Syria’s conflict, Lebanon is deeply divided into pro- and anti-Assad camps.
Hezbollah and its allies back Assad, while the Sunni-led opposition supports rebels are seeking his removal.