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Bomb Explosion Rocks Beirut, Leaves Cars Smoldering

The bomb went off in a small parking lot that is surrounded by 12 high rise apartments forming a square... the blast occurred in an alley off of Abbas Mousawi street.

Blast in Beirut, Lebanon
Blast in Beirut, Lebanon. Photos by Franklin Lamb Salem-News.com

(BEIRUT) - I was ONE block away near my apartment when a huge bomb went of setting a least 8 cars on fire and shattering the window of tens of buildings.

Adjacent apartments

People were in a panic. I was one of the first on the scene and just returned to file a report...

As I helped a fire brigade drag hoses as close as we could get to the flames, guys from Hezbollah started to arrive en masse.

Right now there is still panic and flames and black smoke and glass everywhere. I do not know about the injured, etc.

The bomb went off in a small parking lot that is surrounded by 12 high rise apartments forming a square... the blast occurred in an alley off of Abbas Mousawi street.

I will be returning to the site shortly. No media on the scene so far... as I was working with the fire brigade our friend arrived from his office which is two blocks away.

Hez did not object for some reason to me taking photos, unlike their reputation. So far they are not organized....lots of panic and screaming people. I have included a few of many photos I took.

Franklin LambFranklin Lamb is doing research in Syria and can be reached c/o fplamb@gmail.com

He is the author of The Price We Pay: A Quarter-Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons Against Civilians in Lebanon.
He contribute to Uprooted Palestinians Blog

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http://www.petitiononline.com/ssfpcrc/petition.html
Beirut Mobile: +961-70-497-804

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Dr. Franklin Lamb is Director of the Sabra Shatila Foundation. Contact him at: fplamb@sabrashatila.org. He is working with the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign in Lebanon on drafting legislation which, after 62 years, would, if adopted by Lebanon’s Cabinet and Parliament grant the right to work and to own a home to Lebanon’s Palestinian Refugees. One part of the PCRC legislative project is its online Petition which can be viewed and signed at: petitiononline.com/ssfpcrc/petition.html. Lamb is reachable at fplamb@palestinecivilrightscampaign.org. Franklin Lamb’s book on the Sabra-Shatila Massacre, International Legal Responsibility for the Sabra-Shatila Massacre, now out of print, was published in 1983, following Janet’s death and was dedicated to Janet Lee Stevens. He was a witness before the Israeli Kahan Commission Inquiry, held at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in January 1983.

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