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Deadly explosion hits Lebanese capital

At least four people were killed and 77 injured when a car bomb exploded in a residential neighborhood in southern Beirut on Thursday, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency reported. The explosion caused significant damage, Lebanese broadcaster Al Manar TV said. Video from Al Manar showed people gathered around smoking cars, and others bringing hoses to put out the flames. Thick clouds of dust rose as buildings collapsed after the blast. The district, Haret Hreik, is known as a Hezbollah stronghold. The blast was strong enough to be felt in nearby neighborhoods of the capital, NNA reported. The car bomb exploded near Al-Jawad restaurant, about 50 meters (55 yards) from a building used by Hezbollah. The explosion comes less than a week after a car bomb exploded in downtown Beirut, killing half a dozen people and injuring dozens.

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