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Beirut: is Syria's war spreading?

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Beirut: is Syria's war spreading?


A day of mourning is underway across Lebanon, after one of the worst attacks on civilians since the end of the country’s civil war.

At least 43 people died on Thursday when bombers from the self-identified Islamic State targeted a busy street in a southern suburb of Beirut.

Investigators are combing the debris for evidence.

emergency meeting

This is a Hezbollah neighbourhood. Hussein al-Khalil, a spokesman for the armed group’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah*, says the fight against terrorism will continue.

“What happened here confirms that we are on the right path. This battle against terrorism will continue. This is not a short battle but a long war between the people of Lebanon and the forces of terrorism.”

Iran-backed Hezbollah supports President Bashar al-Assad in his fight against IS in Syria.

The Lebanese government has held an emergency meeting, as analysts repeat their concerns that Syria’s civil war is becoming a regional conflict.

International condemnation

The UN, US and France have condemned Thursday’s attack.

Hezbollah’s political opponents in Lebanon have also condemned the atrocity. Sunni politician Saad al-Hariri, who leads the Future Movement, described the perpetrators as “cowardly and unjustified.”

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