After Huge Beirut Bombing, Rocks Fly at Minister
A hundred Hezbollah supporters march in protest
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 9, 2013 9:24 AM CDT
Security forces and civilians stand at the scene of a bombing in the Beir el-Abed, a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, July 9, 2013.   (Ahmed Omar)

(Newser) – A car bomb rocked a stronghold of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group in a bustling suburb of Beirut today, setting several cars on fire and wounding 37 people in a major security breach of a tightly-guarded area, security officials said. When Interior Minister Marwan Charbel came to inspect the scene, crowds of people attacked him with stones, trapping him in a building for 45 minutes, until someone escorted him out the back door and Hezbollah operatives fired into the air to disperse the crowd.

A group of about 100 outraged Hezbollah supporters marched in the area after the blast, carrying pictures of Hezbollah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and shouting in support of their leader. "The Shiite blood is boiling," they shouted. The blast, which came as Lebanese Shiites began observing the holy month of Ramadan, is the worst explosion to hit the area in years—likely direct fallout of the civil war raging in neighboring Syria. Charbel is seen by some Shiites as sympathetic to hardline Sunni cleric Ahmad al-Assir, who was agitating against Hezbollah for months and is now on the run.

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Jul 10, 2013 12:08 PM CDT
I'm Lebanese, and I will tell you the real problem here: the problem is that those Hezbollah cockroaches are not being killed off fast enough! And for those of you saying that this is a civilian neighbourhood, I say bull**it. There is no such a thing in Dahieh, they are all armed to the teeth. If they want to fight in a war that does not concern them, bring misery and war and economic instability to Lebanon, and put Syria and Iran's interests before those of Lebanon, then they deserve everything that's coming their way and much much much more. May they all burn in Hell.
Jul 9, 2013 5:10 PM CDT
Oooh, muslim on muslim violence. Get me some popcorn and make sure the revolution is televised......
Jul 9, 2013 4:04 PM CDT
They do love each other, just like the Quoran teaches them.... to death.