Explosions rock Iranian embassy in Beirut, killing 23

Soldiers, policemen and medical personnel gather at the site of explosions near the Iranian embassy in BeirutTwo explosions, at least one caused by a suicide bomber, rocked Iran’s embassy in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cultural attaché, and hurling bodies, cars and debris across the street.
A Lebanese-based al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for what it described as a double suicide attack on the Iranian mission in southern Beirut.

Lebanon has suffered a series of bomb attacks and clashes linked to the 2-1/2-year-old conflict in neighboring Syria.

Security camera footage showed a man in an explosives belt rushing towards the outer wall of the embassy before blowing himself up, Lebanese officials said. They said the second explosion was caused by a car bomb parked two buildings away from the compound.

In a Twitter post, Sheikh Sirajeddine Zuraiqat, the religious guide of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, said the group had carried out the attack. “It was a double martyrdom operation by two of the Sunni heroes of Lebanon,” he wrote.

Shi’ite Iran actively supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against Sunni Muslim rebels, who are backed and armed by Sunni powers Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Syrian rebel groups, some linked to al Qaeda, have threatened to take their battle from Syria to Lebanon in response to the military involvement of Iran and its Lebanese Shi’ite guerrilla ally Hezbollah alongside Assad’s forces.

CULTURAL ATTACHE KILLED

Iran’s ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi said it was clear the attacks targeted his embassy and identified one of the dead as Ebrahim Ansari, a cultural attaché who was on his way to work at the diplomatic compound when the bombs exploded.

Lebanon’s Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said 23 people had been killed and 146 wounded.

“At one entrance of the Iranian embassy I counted six bodies outside,” Reuters television cameraman Issam Abdullah said. “I saw body parts…thrown two streets away. There is huge damage.”

The embassy’s sturdy metal gate was twisted by the blasts.

Fires engulfed cars outside the embassy and the facades of some buildings were torn off. Carpets of shattered glass from nearby buildings covered the bloodied streets and some trees were uprooted, but the embassy’s well-fortified building itself suffered relatively minor damage.

Soldiers in camouflage, firefighters and paramedics all rushed to the scene to evacuate the wounded.

The attack followed car bombings in Sunni and Shi’ite Muslim strongholds in Beirut and the northern city of Tripoli in August, in which a total of at least 66 people were killed.

“Whoever carries out such an attack in these sensitive circumstances, from whichever faction, knows directly or indirectly that he is serving the interests of the Zionist entity (Israel),” Iranian ambassador Roknabadi said.

He did not say whether other embassy officials were among the dead, but Lebanese televisions quoted Iranian diplomatic sources saying none of their staff inside the embassy was hurt.

Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi implicitly blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for supporting radical militants, who have been accused for previous attacks against Shi’ite targets.

Footage from local news channels showed charred bodies on the ground as flames rose from stricken vehicles. Emergency workers and residents carried victims away in blankets.

HEZBOLLAH DEFIANT

Hezbollah official Ali Ammar said the attack would not deter the group, known by its supporters as the “resistance”.

“Whoever did this is a monstrous terrorist,” he said. “The resistance message is that it will continue. It will continue in all its efforts to defeat Israel and defeat the terrorists.”

Shi’ite Iran has been bank-rolling Assad’s fight against the mainly Sunni rebels and has given military support to the president’s forces. It also supports Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Southern Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold, was hit by three explosions earlier this year. Those attacks were blamed on groups linked to the Syrian rebels, believed to be in retaliation for the group’s involvement in Syria’s civil war.

Hezbollah fighters have played a crucial combat role for Assad in several battles, but their involvement has increased sectarian tension in Syria and in Lebanon.

Mostly Sunni Syrian rebels have been supported by foreign jihadi fighters in their struggle to topple Assad, who is from the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam.

Many in Lebanon’s Sunni community want to see Assad overthrown, while many of its Shi’ites, especially Hezbollah supporters, are equally determined that he survive.

Reuters

Photo: Soldiers, policemen and medical personnel gather at the site of explosions near the Iranian embassy (L) in Beirut November 19, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir

  • libnan1

    Another 23 innocent people down the drain.

    • MekensehParty

      I doubt the CA is innocent, the other 22 are accomplices at best

      • dateam

        Your a real ignorant piece of work arent you…they didnt get through into the embassy as was planned…which means the bulk of the blast was on the outside…which means innocent people were killed….maids going about running their daily chores, people going to and from work….get an education you twat.

        • MekensehParty

          What do you know of their plan?
          They did get who they were targeting, the Iranian local spy chief IS the person who everyone wanted to know if he was dead or injured! Al-Manar Tv was more interested in knowing his fate rather than the fate of the people who died around him, don’t you wonder why? Because he’s the man they can’t afford to lose.
          This is war kiddo! You always wanted it, now you got it!

          • dateam

            So in effect you are condoning this? 144 virgins will be happy now correct? So if what your saying is correct and like you so arrogantly comment that “this is war kiddo” if the other side bombs now and kills a few people its ok and wel wait to see the last man standing correct? So in iraq the daily bombings are justified correct? And what do i know of their plans? Its on the news…. Spy chiefs for your info dont sit in the open…they hide like your bundar, hariri and oqab saqr.

          • MekensehParty

            Right because the spy chief was at the casino du liban
            No he was in a bunker inside what is supposed to be the safest zone in Beirut, but even rats have to come and go from time to time and guess what, they were there waiting for his ass.
            The “other” side has been doing this shit for years if not decades and no nice and fancy words stopped them so, as predicted, bombs are going to replace the words, that’s how things are justified.
            When the first explosion happened in Dahyieh I told you that this is the beginning and you called me a warmonger… Keep blinding yourself with your own hands.

        • 5thDrawer

          From the Alawite Enclave in Tripoli they pot at people trying to do the same things Dateam. One at a time, or a bunch at one time … no difference really.
          But tonight the gangs of Jabel Moshen ramble around a little … as do the others … and it’s not even Friday !!

          • dateam

            No 5th from your beloved tripoli they BOTH pot at each other…they even pot at army…they even pot at their own…they even want protection money from their own people running businesses….they have how many zaems in tripoli? How many of these zaems receive plenty of money? how many have provided for their own people? In the last 10 years before all this crap started how much has been spent on the second largest city in lebanon to improve employment,infrastucture,hospitals schools? people need to stop blaming everyone else and look at themselves…..these same zaems were all in the syrian pockets when the syrians were there and they will be in whoevers pockets pays the most now and in the future…in the meantime hospitals dont have respirators.

          • 5thDrawer

            Well Dateam .. I DID throw in the Friday gangs … hehehe
            And true, the army is a target – it’s why they finally set up defensive barriers at their armoured-car check-points. But we know who has the ‘high-ground’.
            I’m sure you noted my bit on the ‘disappeared money’ from Qatar …. one of the zaems decided Venezuela looked good I suppose. And not much ‘help’ for Christians it seems … from any ‘side’ – although there’s a woman Minister in charge of one ‘flock’ trying to survive.
            As Beiruties always said: ‘It’s a different country .. be careful.’
            Mikati is having fun ….

          • Hannibal

            I wonder what happens Friday the 13th… Let me check… Yup the next one will be Friday the 13th of December, 2013… I already have a bad feeling about that… 😉

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      You have a unique way with words ya libnan1, “down the drain” that’s an appropriate expression for material loss such as money not for innocent lives lost in this appalling act by the lowest form of life on the face of the earth.

  • libnan1

    Another 23 innocent people down the drain.

    • MekensehParty

      I doubt the CA is innocent, the other 22 are accomplices at best

      • dateam

        Your a real ignorant piece of work arent you…they didnt get through into the embassy as was planned…which means the bulk of the blast was on the outside…which means innocent people were killed….maids going about running their daily chores, people going to and from work….get an education you twat.

        • MekensehParty

          What do you know of their plan?
          They did get who they were targeting, the Iranian local spy chief IS the person who everyone wanted to know if he was dead or injured! Al-Manar Tv was more interested in knowing his fate rather than the fate of the people who died around him, don’t you wonder why? Because he’s the man they can’t afford to lose.
          This is war kiddo! You always wanted it, now you got it!

          • dateam

            So in effect you are condoning this? 144 virgins will be happy now correct? So if what your saying is correct and like you so arrogantly comment that “this is war kiddo” if the other side bombs now and kills a few people its ok and wel wait to see the last man standing correct? So in iraq the daily bombings are justified correct? And what do i know of their plans? Its on the news…. Spy chiefs for your info dont sit in the open…they hide like your bundar, hariri and oqab saqr.

          • MekensehParty

            Right because the spy chief was at the casino du liban
            No he was in a bunker inside what is supposed to be the safest zone in Beirut, but even rats have to come and go from time to time and guess what, they were there waiting for his ass.
            The “other” side has been doing this shit for years if not decades and no nice and fancy words stopped them so, as predicted, bombs are going to replace the words, that’s how things are justified.
            When the first explosion happened in Dahyieh I told you that this is the beginning and you called me a warmonger… Keep blinding yourself with your own hands.

        • 5thDrawer

          From the Alawite Enclave in Tripoli they pot at people trying to do the same things Dateam. One at a time, or a bunch at one time … no difference really.

          • dateam

            No 5th from your beloved tripoli they BOTH pot at each other…they even pot at army…they even pot at their own…they even want protection money from their own people running businesses….they have how many zaems in tripoli? How many of these zaems receive plenty of money? how many have provided for their own people? In the last 10 years before all this crap started how much has been spent on the second largest city in lebanon to improve employment,infrastucture,hospitals schools? people need to stop blaming everyone else and look at themselves…..these same zaems were all in the syrian pockets when the syrians were there and they will be in whoevers pockets pays the most now and in the future…in the meantime hospitals dont have respirators.

          • 5thDrawer

            Well Dateam .. I DID throw in the Friday gangs … hehehe
            And true, the army is a target – it’s why they finally set up defensive barriers at their armoured-car check-points. But we know who has the ‘high-ground’.
            I’m sure you noted my bit on the ‘disappeared money’ from Qatar …. one of the zaems decided Venezuela looked good I suppose. And not much ‘help’ for Christians it seems … from any ‘side’ – although there’s a woman Minister in charge of one ‘flock’ trying to survive.
            As Beiruties always said: ‘It’s a different country .. be careful.’
            Mikati is having fun ….

          • Hannibal

            I wonder what happens Friday the 13th… Let me check… Yup the next one will be Friday the 13th of December, 2013… I already have a bad feeling about that… 😉

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      You have a unique way with words ya libnan1, “down the drain” that’s an appropriate expression for material loss such as money not for innocent lives lost in this appalling act by the lowest form of life on the face of the earth.

  • wargame1

    Iranian Al-Majoos did it to legitimize their illegal invasion in Lebanon Syria and Palestine

    • master09

      Yes you heard it on you tube. lol

  • wargame1

    Iranian Al-Majoos did it to legitimize their illegal invasion in Lebanon Syria and Palestine

    • master09

      Yes you heard it on you tube. lol

  • MekensehParty

    BOOM!

    • daiber

      booom booom no good mr I herdeed my house mr yu no good mr

      • 5thDrawer

        Geezz Dab. You should know by now it’s not good to live near a Mosque, an Embassy, any government office, or sit on a balcony. Don’t go to a big shopping mall either.
        Might need to start shopping like they do in Syria soon … running from doorway to doorway hoping you’re on the best side of the street.
        In Tripoli they are already practising while trying to find shops that are still open.

        • MekensehParty

          In other words Dab, time to go to a bunker like everyone else in Lebanon

        • 5thDrawer

          Footnote:
          Apparently Qataris sent money to fix damaged apartments, etc, near the Mosques that got blown up in August. Also seems the guy in charge of the money has disappeared … with the money. Welcome to Lebanon.

          • Hannibal

            If this is true this is hilarious… he figured out the only way to make heaven and the virgins is with the money… here on Earth. LOL

          • 5thDrawer

            Hannibal …. part of an Update from Daily Star – It was a ‘Family Affair’.
            :-)))
            ‘Also Tuesday, Beirut Investigative Judge Ghassan Oweidat issued an arrest warrant for Ibrahim Bashir, the head of the HRC, on charges of embezzlement. Oweidat ordered the arrest after interrogating Bashir for two hours, the National News Agency said. NNA said Oweidat set Monday as a date to interrogate Bashir’s wife, Raja, who was also accused of embezzlement.’

        • Hannibal

          Actually there is a mini Costco in the area and my family shops there… I’ve always told them go to Jounieh it is safer.

  • MekensehParty

    BOOM!

    • daiber

      booom booom no good mr I herdeed my house mr yu no good mr

      • 5thDrawer

        Geezz Dab. You should know by now it’s not good to live near a Mosque, an Embassy, any government office, or sit on a balcony. Don’t go to a big shopping mall either.

        • MekensehParty

          In other words Dab, time to go to a bunker like everyone else in Lebanon

        • 5thDrawer

          Footnote:
          Apparently Quataris sent money to fix damaged apartments, etc, near the Mosques that got blown up in August. Also seems the guy in charge of the money has disappeared … with the money. Welcome to Lebanon.

          • Hannibal

            If this is true this is hilarious… he figured out the only way to make heaven and the virgins is with the money… here on Earth. LOL

          • 5thDrawer

            Hannibal …. part of an Update from Daily Star – It was a ‘Family Affair’.
            :-)))
            ‘Also Tuesday, Beirut Investigative Judge Ghassan Oweidat issued an arrest warrant for Ibrahim Bashir, the head of the HRC, on charges of embezzlement. Oweidat ordered the arrest after interrogating Bashir for two hours, the National News Agency said. NNA said Oweidat set Monday as a date to interrogate Bashir’s wife, Raja, who was also accused of embezzlement.’

        • Hannibal

          Actually there is a mini Costco in the area and my family shops there… I’ve always told them go to Jounieh it is safer.

  • MekensehParty

    They targeted the cultural attaché AKA intelligence station chief

  • MekensehParty

    They targeted the cultural attaché AKA intelligence station chief

  • Fauzia45

    Those behind this attack are perhaps trying to prove what they want the others to believe!Sometimes they sacrifice their own people!!!!

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      They’re both as bad as each other, they eat out of the same bowl, these trees dont produce fruit. They are noxious weeds and need to be discarded in the incinerator where they can’t spread their evil roots no more. Them and their Jewish accomplices.

  • Fauzia45

    Those behind this attack are perhaps trying to prove what they want the others to believe!Sometimes they sacrifice their own people!!!!

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      They’re both as bad as each other, they eat out of the same bowl, these trees dont produce fruit. They are noxious weeds and need to be discarded in the incinerator where they can’t spread their evil roots no more. Them and their Jewish accomplices.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Two sunni heros is what the sheikh is calling the bombers. Islamic theology, dogma, truths, ideology on display for the whole world to see. When will they realize that behind the mask of Islam is the evil one? Demons running around freely with no hesitation to carry out their atrocities. Defenders if Islam need to start asking themselves some simple questions.

    • 5thDrawer

      Not educated to know what questions to ask.

      • Hannibal

        … and the first question to ask why would He make a human at all only to destroy him with a blast… and not intervene when the devil is on the move… Especially when He has legions of Angels at his order… May be Sheikh Wargame would enlighten us. 😉

        • Maborlz Ez-Hari

          Sheikh wargame? More like shkhorkh wargame.

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      A scourge on society, in all its forms.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Two sunni heros is what the sheikh is calling the bombers. Islamic theology, dogma, truths, ideology on display for the whole world to see. When will they realize that behind the mask of Islam is the evil one? Demons running around freely with no hesitation to carry out their atrocities. Defenders if Islam need to start asking themselves some simple questions.

    • 5thDrawer

      Not educated to know what questions to ask.

      • Hannibal

        … and the first question to ask why would He make a human at all only to destroy him with a blast… and not intervene when the devil is on the move… Especially when He has legions of Angels at his order… May be Sheikh Wargame would enlighten us. 😉

        • Maborlz Ez-Hari

          Sheikh wargame? More like shkhorkh wargame.

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      A scourge on society, in all its forms.