Amid the tension over battles in a refugee camp in northern Lebanon, a second explosion in as many days has rocked a suburb of Beirut. A bomb went off overnight in a parking lot in the mainly Sunni Muslim district of Verdun. At least 10 people are reported to have been injured.
An earlier report said Fatah al-Islam had claimed responsibility for the explosion, but that was later denied by the group. As the Lebanese government held an emergency session and appealed for national unity, Syria publicly denied any links with Fatah al-Islam.
It says the militants had been jailed in Damascus a few years ago for links to al-Qaeda and would be rearrested if they returned. On Sunday a woman was killed when a bomb under a parked car went off in the capital’s mainly Christian district.