Beirut blast: Dozens injured

CNC report from Beirut
Added On July 10, 2013

A car bomb has rocked a stronghold of the Lebanese Shiite militant group of Hezbollah in southern Beirut.

The bloodshed has further raised fears of sectarian strife in Lebanon.

This is no war zone, but it looks like one in every sense.

The bustling commercial and residential neighborhood in Beirut was shattered by a powerful car bombing on Tuesday, on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The explosion is only a few hundred meters away from a complex of  Hezbollah, where many of its officials live and have offices.

At least fifty-three people have been wounded, some in serious condition.

It's not yet known who launched the attack. But the authorities say the violence is intended to create sectarian strife in the country

SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) ADNAN MANSOUR, Lebanese Foreign Minister:
"This country needs unity and security. Keeping peace and stability is our top priority."

Sectarian tensions are running high in this small Arab country, whose neighbor Syria is having a civil war for over two years.

Clashes and bombings have become frequent as Lebanon is deeply divided into pro- and anti-Damascus camps.

The bombing has drawn wide condemnation from the international community.

The UN Security Council has once again called for all groups in Lebanon to stay out of the Syrian conflict and exercise restraint.