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Lebanon: Deadly explosion in southern Beirut

At least 14 people have been killed by a large blast in a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, with some 200 more reported wounded.

The area contains strongholds of the Shia militant movement Hezbollah.

The explosion happened in a densely populated part of the capital. Heavy damage was reported to nearby buildings and cars.

The blast is being linked to the conflict in Syria, which has worsened sectarian tensions in Lebanon.

The BBC's Jim Muir reports from the scene of the explosion.

  • 15 Aug 2013
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