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At least 23 killed in explosions targeting Iranian embassy in Beirut

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November 19, 2013

Two explosions targeting the Iranian embassy hit the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday killing 23 people, injuring 146 and damaging buildings around the embassy compound, Lebanese Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil and witnesses said.

A senior Lebanese source said that the cultural attache at the Iranian embassy, Ebrahim Ansari, was among those killed in the explosions, which took place within minutes of each other. Embassy officials would not comment to Reuters when reached by phone.

“At one entrance of the Iranian embassy I counted six bodies outside. I saw body parts around and thrown two streets away,” Reuters television cameraman Issam Abdullah said from the scene.

“There is huge damage, it looks like it is a car bomb. One car is twisted there. There were two Mercedes cars badly damaged,” he added.

The explosions were the latest in a string of bomb attacks in Lebanon, which has fallen prey to Shi’ite-Sunni sectarian violence linked to the two-and-half-year conflict in Syria.

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