Civilians flee the site of an explosion in the Beirut neighborhood of Bir Hasan, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Outrage and despair after Bir Hasan blastsThe frightened children filed through the debris, some of their faces still painted with cat whiskers and clown noses, their games of tug of war and football disrupted by twin savage blasts mere meters away from their orphanage. The Iranian Cultural Center was meters away from the sites of the twin bombings.But Hamida Gohar, a resident who lives close to the explosion site, was unequivocal in her condemnation. The college student was near the Kuwait Embassy when he heard the blast and rushed to the scene to look for his sister, who was working at the European Exhibition Center, across the street from one of the car bombs.Amid the scenes of destruction, Hezbollah MP Ali Ammar struck a defiant tone, saying nothing would deter his party from its fight in Syria.Ammar equated the fight against "takfiris" with the fight against Israel, in a message to those wounded in the attack.Ammar said that Iran was being targeted because of its support for the Palestinian cause.Ashmar said all of Lebanon was now the target for terrorism.Ashmar said the latest bombing would not dampen his optimism for the country's future.
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