Friday has been declared a day of mourning for the victims of the deadly car bombing which struck southern Beirut on Thursday.
The blast killed around 22 and wounded more than 200 people. Fires raged for an hour after the explosion leaving behind a charred landscape in the stronghold of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
The little known Brigades of Aisha group released a video claiming responsibility for the attack. They vowed to carry out more operations against Hezbollah who have entered the Syrian conflict on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, though their claims have not been verified.
The bombing happened shortly after Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah claimed responsibility for an attack on Israeli soldiers at the border. He is expected to make a speech, postponed after the attack, to commemorate the end of the 2006 Lebanon war between Hezbollah and Israel.