BEIRUT: Two car bombs ripped through the northern city of Tripoli following Friday prayers, killing dozens of people and wounding scores more. Tripoli is one of numerous areas across Lebanon that have witnessed repeated clashes, rounds of violence and rocket attacks in recent months, in connection with the war raging in neighboring Syria.
Two rockets launched from the Druze village of Aitat shortly before 7 a.m. hit a car dealership near Mar Mikhael Church and a residential building in the southern Beirut suburb of Shiyah, wounding four Syrian workers. Members of a Lebanese political party which holds sway in the Aitat area are believed to be responsible for the attack, according to political sources.
A rocket launched overnight from a town northeast of the Lebanese capital hits a high-tension electricity cable in Aley, southeast of Beirut. The blast knocks out the cable which supplies 150 kilowatts of energy from the Jamhour Power Station in Aley, causing several power outages. The Army locates two rocket-launcher pads in the Mount Lebanon town of Ballouneh in Kesrouan.
A bomb planted under a parked vehicle explodes at 11 a.m. in a parking lot in the residential neighborhood of Bir al-Abed, leaving 53 wounded. In a statement on its Facebook page, “Brigade 313-Special Forces,” describing itself as “an independent military group fighting in Syria,” claims responsibility for the attack because of Hezbollah’s military intervention in Syria.
Two rockets fired from an area near the town of Aramoun in Aley strike areas near the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut. One lands in the swimming pool of a home in the area of Rihannieh. Another lands between the nearby town of Fayyadieh and the Baabda suburb of Yarze. No casualties are reported.
A car bomb explodes in the southern Beirut suburb, and Hezbollah stronghold, of Ruwaiss during the evening rush hour, killing 30 people and wounding over 300. A group calling itself the “Regiment of Aisha, Mother of the Faithful” posts a video on YouTube claiming responsibility.
Two car bombs explode outside the Taqwa Mosque and the Salam Mosque in the northern city of Tripoli in the early afternoon, killing 45 people and wounding over 500.