BEIRUT, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- At least 27 people were killed and 358 others injured on Friday when two powerful explosions rocked Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli, the country's caretaker Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil told reporters.
The first explosion targeted the al-Taqua Mosque at the height of the Friday prayers, the state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.
The second blast reportedly occurred soon after the first outside the al-Salam Mosque near the residence 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 Lebanese northern city as heavy gunfire is being heard, according to the NNA.
The rise of violence in Lebanon has put people on pins and needles, especially after a car bombing last week killed at least 24 people and injured 212 others in capital 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