Beirut: is Syria's war spreading?

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Beirut: is Syria's war spreading?

<p>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. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lebanon mourns 43 killed in Beirut double bomb attack <a href="https://t.co/x6bKPt4DOa">https://t.co/x6bKPt4DOa</a> <a href="https://t.co/2zcxYOGEon">pic.twitter.com/2zcxYOGEon</a></p>— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/665112393005985795">November 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>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. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">ISIS</span> claims responsibility for double suicide bombing in mostly Shiite area of Beirut. <a href="https://t.co/y056374gLM">https://t.co/y056374gLM</a> <a href="https://t.co/cGQdSfFKQA">pic.twitter.com/cGQdSfFKQA</a></p>— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimesworld/status/664954602907934720">November 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>Investigators are combing the debris for evidence. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Important to note that while <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Beirut?src=hash">#Beirut</a> attack hit area where Hezbollah popular, these attacks overwhelming kill civilians. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Beirutbombing?src=hash">#Beirutbombing</a></p>— Sara Hussein (@sarahussein) <a href="https://twitter.com/sarahussein/status/664874681837703168">November 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> emergency meeting </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lebanon PM holds emergency meeting as nation mourns bomb victims: <a href="https://t.co/2iXfZpLjhR">https://t.co/2iXfZpLjhR</a> <a href="https://t.co/FAHXzDPUZR">pic.twitter.com/FAHXzDPUZR</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/665143831621447680">November 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p>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.</p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hezbollah?src=hash">#Hezbollah</a> chief Nasrallah's advisor Hajj Hussein Khalil has arrived to scene of blasts: Al-Jadeed <a href="https://t.co/Bd5VskUFDC">https://t.co/Bd5VskUFDC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Beirut?src=hash">#Beirut</a></p>— <span class="caps">NOW</span> English (@NOW_eng) <a href="https://twitter.com/NOW_eng/status/664879459384737792">November 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p>“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.”</p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Islamic State claims responsibility in deadly Beirut blasts: <a href="https://t.co/f4OWYAjN0P">https://t.co/f4OWYAjN0P</a> <a href="https://t.co/KVxRjNse3W">pic.twitter.com/KVxRjNse3W</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/664927414447919108">November 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p>Iran-backed Hezbollah supports President Bashar al-Assad in his fight against IS in Syria.</p> <p>The Lebanese government has held an emergency meeting, as analysts repeat their concerns that Syria’s civil war is becoming a regional conflict.</p> </p> <h3>International condemnation</h3> <p> <p>The UN, US and France have condemned Thursday’s attack.</p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UNSG?src=hash">#UNSG</a> Ban Ki-moon condemns attack in Beirut; extends condolences to victims families; people and Govt of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Lebanon?src=hash">#Lebanon</a> <a href="https://t.co/2bDYULR9CT">https://t.co/2bDYULR9CT</a></p>— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) <a href="https://twitter.com/UN_Spokesperson/status/664944975214452740">November 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p>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.”</p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="da" dir="ltr">Hariri condemns the terrorist attacks in Burj al-Barajneh <p>Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri condemned in his… <a href="https://t.co/o1hCSgzMc9">https://t.co/o1hCSgzMc9</a></p>— Mohamed Fawaz (@MohamedmFawaz) <a href="https://twitter.com/MohamedmFawaz/status/664866132839501825">November 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>