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Spanish and Salvadoran soldiers die in traffic accident in Lebanon

Madrid, Feb 23 (EFE).- A Spanish soldier and a Salvadoran soldier were killed, and three other soldiers from El Salvador were seriously injured in a traffic accident Sunday in southern Lebanon, Spanish Defense Ministry officials said. The soldiers were traveling in a Lince vehicle that flipped over early Sunday on the SDI highway near the Israeli border, the officials told Efe. The soldiers belonged to a 42-man Salvadoran unit that operates with Spanish vehicles and were assigned to the Spanish unit deployed with the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL.

U.N. Security Council to vote on Syria aid resolution Saturday

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council will vote on Saturday on a resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria, where the United Nations says 9.3 million people need help, although it is unclear if Russia and China will support or veto the draft. Australian U.N. Ambassador Gary Quinlan, who co-authored the text with envoys from Jordan and Luxembourg, told reporters the vote would be held at 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) on Saturday.

Blast heard in south Beirut

A loud blast was heard on Wednesday in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold and site of multiple bomb attacks, witnesses told AFP. There were no immediate details on the cause of the blast, which sent a large plume of smoke billowing across the skyline. rd-sah/bpz

Suicide bomber kills three in Lebanese Hezbollah stronghold

By Stephen Kalin BEIRUT (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed three people at a petrol station in a stronghold of the Shi'ite militant Hezbollah movement on Lebanon's northern border on Saturday, the latest sign that Syria's civil war is spilling over into its small neighbor. The blast occurred in the town of Hermel at the northern end of the Bekaa Valley, an area populated mainly by Shi'ite Muslims among whom Hezbollah draws its support.

Sandbags and security in Shi'ite Beirut after bombings

By Dominic Evans and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Eight years ago Hassan Ghamlouche's jewellery shop was gutted when Israeli jets bombarded the Hezbollah-controlled district of southern Beirut where he works. Now a wall of sandbags stands in front of the glittering gold in his shop window to protect Ghamlouche and his customers from a new threat - a wave of car bombs which have struck the capital's Shi'ite neighborhoods in the last six months.

Hoping to deter Hezbollah, Israel threatens Lebanese civilians

By Dan Williams HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - Israel accused Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas on Wednesday of putting "thousands" of bases in residential buildings and said it would destroy these in a future conflict, even at the cost of civilian lives. The unusually explicit threat by air force chief Major-General Amir Eshel appeared to be part of an effort by Israeli officials to prepare world opinion for high civilian casualties in any new confrontation with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Lebanon Sunnis refuse to join Hezbollah-Qaeda war

Former premier Saad Hariri said Saturday Lebanon's Sunni Muslims refuse to be a part of any conflict between Al-Qaeda and Shiite movement Hezbollah, denouncing sectarian attacks on civilians anywhere in the country. The war in neighbouring Syria has inflamed sectarian tensions in Lebanon, with Hezbollah backing President Bashar al-Assad and many Sunnis supporting the rebellion against him. Hariri's statement came a day after a jihadist group warned that all areas where Hezbollah operates are "legitimate targets", telling Sunnis to avoid them.

Lebanon Sunnis refuse to join Hezbollah-Qaeda war

Former premier Saad Hariri said Saturday Lebanon's Sunni Muslims refuse to be a part of any conflict between Al-Qaeda and Shiite movement Hezbollah, denouncing sectarian attacks on civilians anywhere in the country. The war in neighbouring Syria has inflamed sectarian tensions in Lebanon, with Hezbollah backing President Bashar al-Assad and many Sunnis supporting the rebellion against him. Hariri's statement came a day after a jihadist group warned that all areas where Hezbollah operates are "legitimate targets", telling Sunnis to avoid them.

Lebanon jihadists say Hezbollah areas 'legitimate target'

A group suspected of links to Al-Qaeda warned Friday that all areas of Lebanon where the Shiite Hezbollah movement operates are "legitimate targets" for attack, telling Sunnis to avoid them. "We, Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon, announce that Iran's party (Hezbollah) and all its bases and... bastions are legitimate targets for us, wherever they are," the group said in a statement posted on the Internet.

4 Dead, 30 wounded in suicide bombing on Hezbollah bastion in Beirut

Beirut, Jan 21 (EFE).- At least four people were killed and about 30 wounded on Tuesday in a suicide bomb attack in the Beirut neighborhood of Haret Hreik, one of the strongholds of the Shiite radical group Hezbollah, the government-run ANN news agency and the Lebanese Red Cross said. The bomber detonated the vehicle he was driving, which - besides the dozens of victims - caused significant material damage to buildings and other vehicles parked nearby. Television images of the scene show a fire in one of the buildings there and a thick column of smoke emanating from it.
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