Black smoke and flags: Beirut protesters take to the streets after bomb blast

Black smoke and flags: Beirut protesters take to the streets after bomb blast

Beirut : Lebanon | Oct 20, 2012 at 1:44 AM PDT
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Lebanese opposition acuse Syria of bomb attack

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati has called an emergency cabinet meeting of government ministers on Saturday after the horrific Beirut car bomb attack on Friday.

The Lebanese government, which is predominantly made up of the Shiite Hezbollah party, has declared Saturday a national day of mourning. Opposition parties have called this hypocritical as they suspect that the attack was undertaken by Syrian backed terrorists and the Hezbollah party itself is also backed by Syria. The opposition parties in fact are suggesting that the Hezbollah led government should resign.

Friday's bomb tragetted Beirut's mainly Christian neighborhood of Ashrafieh. The bomb killed eight people including a high ranking member of the Lebanese anti-Damascus grouping and 86 people including women and children were injured.

A the Lebanese cabinet meeting gets underway the streets of beirut are full of protesters. TV news coverage shows heavy black smoke over the city coming from the burning of tyres set alight by the protesters.

The protesters have also set up their own roadblocks as anger at Friday's car bomb attack looks as though it could turn into a huge wave of civil unrest. Such unrest could actually be what the intention of the bombers was, to create a situation where a new Lebanese civil war could erupt.

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Black smoke and flags: Beirut protesters take to the streets after bomb blast
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