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Hezbollah vows response to 'Israeli air strike'

Hezbollah on Wednesday confirmed an Israeli air raid two days earlier on one of its positions in Lebanon and vowed to respond "at the appropriate time" to the "blatant aggression". "On Monday night... the Israeli enemy's warplanes bombarded a Hezbollah position on the Lebanese-Syrian border, near the area of Janta in the Bekaa Valley" in eastern Lebanon, said Hezbollah. The Shiite movement's statement was the group's first admission it had been targeted in the raid, although Lebanese sources had previously reported the attack.

Kerry to visit Paris for global meet on Lebanon

US Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Paris next week for talks on helping Lebanon cope with the overspill from the conflict in neighboring Syria, a US diplomat said Tuesday. In a letter to his newly named Lebanese counterpart, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced Thursday that the next meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon group would take place on March 5.

Bulgaria says identified third suspect in Burgas bus bombing

SOFIA (Reuters) - A third suspect has been identified in the bombing of a bus that killed five Israeli tourists in the Black Sea city of Burgas in 2012 that Bulgarian authorities have blamed on the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The tourists had arrived on a charter flight from Israel and were in the bus in the airport car park when the blast tore through the vehicle, also killing the Bulgarian driver and wounding more than 30 people.

4 Dead in attack near Iranian institution in Lebanon

Beirut, Feb 19 (EFE).- At least four people were killed and a hundred others injured Wednesday when two car bombs were detonated near the Iranian cultural center in a Shiite neighborhood of the Lebanese capital. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a group linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack in Beirut's Bir Hassan district, which also hosts the Kuwaiti Embassy. Lebanon's security minister, Wael Abu Faur, initially spoke of five fatalities, but later reduced the official death toll to four, though police sources told Efe that seven people died.

Iran condemns Beirut bombings, blames Israeli 'agents'

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday condemned a double suicide car bombing near an Iranian cultural centre in Beirut, blaming Israeli "agents" for the attack that left four people dead. "There is no doubt that perpetrators of this terrorist act are the enemies of stability, security and unity of Lebanon," ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency.

Al Qaeda-linked group claims Beirut bombings

By Erika Solomon BEIRUT (Reuters) - The al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed a twin bomb attack in Beirut on Wednesday, saying such attacks would continue until Hezbollah forces withdrew from the fighting in Syria and its own fighters were released from Lebanese jails.

Twin bomb blasts rock Beirut suburb, 3 dead

Twin bomb blasts rocked a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens, security and medical sources told AFP. The attacks appeared to target the Iranian cultural centre, and an AFP photographer at the scene said the blasts had occurred beyond a security checkpoint at the centre, close to the building. A security source confirmed that the attack involved two blasts, but could not confirm if the attacks were car or suicide bombings.

Hezbollah vows victory against extremists in Syria

The chief of Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, vowed on Sunday that the group would win against extremists fighting in neighbouring Syria. "We will win this battle, God willing," he insisted, after describing the group's role in the conflict in Syria as a fight against "takfiris" -- extremist Sunni Muslims. Hezbollah, a staunch ally of the Syrian regime, has dispatched fighters to the conflict to bolster government troops, finally admitting their presence in April 2013.

Hezbollah vows victory against extremists in Syria

The chief of Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, vowed on Sunday that the group would win against extremists fighting in neighbouring Syria. "We will win this battle, God willing," he insisted, after describing the group's role in the conflict in Syria as a fight against "takfiris" -- extremist Sunni Muslims. Hezbollah, a staunch ally of the Syrian regime, has dispatched fighters to the conflict to bolster government troops, finally admitting their presence in April 2013.

Syria conflict death toll now more than 140,000

The death toll in nearly three years of conflict in Syria has risen to more than 140,000 people including nearly 50,000 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday. In a new toll, the Britain-based NGO said 140,041 people had been killed since the uprising began in March 2011, gradually transforming into a bloody civil war. Of those, nearly 50,000 were civilians who included 7,626 children, the group said.
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