BEIRUT, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people were killed and 25 others injured when a powerful explosion rocked Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli, according to the Lebanese Red Cross.
The explosion targeted al-Taqua Mosque at the height of Friday prayers. The state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported that a second equally fierce blast went off soon after the first.
The second blast reportedly occurred outside al-Salam Mosque near the house of caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati. But his office said later that he is not in the city at the moment.
Black clouds shrouded the northern city as heavy gunfire is being heard, the NNA reported.
The rise of violence in Lebanon has put people on pins and needles, especially after a car bombing last week killed at least 17 people and injured 212 others in Beirut's southern suburb.
Two explosions rock Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli
BEIRUT, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Two explosions on Friday rocked Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli, leaving deaths and injuries, local media reported.
According to the National News Agency, the first blast was near al-Taqua Mosque in the Sunni restive city of Tripoli, while the second occurred outside al-Salam Mosque near the house of outgoing Prime Minister Najib Miqati. But his office said he is not in the city at the moment. Full story
4 rockets fired from southern Lebanon into Israel
JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday indicated retaliation following earlier rocket attacks from Lebanon.
Four rockets were launched from Lebanon toward northern Israel on Thursday afternoon, for the first time since 2011, Israeli security forces confirmed to Xinhua. Full story