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Car bomb detonated in Beirut

August 15, 2013, 22:03 UTC+3

20 dead, 120 injured according to preliminary report

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BEIRUT, August 15 (Itar-Tass) A powerful blast in South Beirut claimed over 20 lives. 120 injured, mostly women and children, were rushed to hospitals, Al Arabiya TV channel reported. A rigged car detonated near Hezbollah Shi'a Islamic militant group headquarters, setting nearby residential buildings ablaze. Currently firefighters are trying to overcome flames and rescue trapped inhabitants.

Aisha Umm-al Mouemeneen terrorist group claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Lebanese Health Ministry has urged the population to give blood to aid the wounded.

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