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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.

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 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.

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.

France presidential advisor meets Hezbollah official in Beirut

A French presidential aide held talks Friday in Beirut with a Hezbollah official, the Shiite movement said, months after the EU listed the group's military wing as a terrorist organisation. Hezbollah said its international relations chief Ammar al-Moussawi discussed regional and local developments with Emmanuel Bonne, French President Francois Hollande's adviser for Middle East affairs. A French embassy source told AFP Bonne was in Lebanon for "talks with all political parties" and would be joined on Monday by the French army's chief of staff, Admiral Edouard Guillaud.

Hezbollah calls for 'unity' to avoid destruction of Lebanon

Hours after a car bomb killed four people in a Hezbollah bastion in southern Beirut, the Shiite movement's second-in-command called for unity in order to avoid the "destruction" of Lebanon. Sheikh Naim Qassem did not accuse any party of being behind the attack, but he did make a call to face "takfiri (radical Sunni extremist) terrorists," echoing accusations by Hezbollah over previous attacks.

Car bomb kills five in Hezbollah Beirut bastion

A car bomb killed five people in south Beirut Thursday, the fourth attack to hit the Hezbollah bastion since the Lebanese Shiite group intervened in Syria last year, officials said. The bombing came just weeks after a twin suicide bombing killed 25 people at the Iranian embassy in the same area and marked a new breach of the tight security in Hezbollah's stronghold in the capital's southern suburbs.

Lebanese ex-minister buried to anti-Hezbollah chants

By Erika Solomon and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Mourners chanting anti-Hezbollah slogans laid to rest former Lebanese minister Mohamad Chatah on Sunday after he was killed by a car bomb his allies blame on the powerful Shi'ite group. Friday's attack on Chatah, a Sunni who was a vocal critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Lebanese ally Hezbollah, has once again stoked sectarian enmities exacerbated by the spillover of Syria's conflict.
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