A car bomb explosion has rocked the eastern Lebanese village of Sbouba, causing an unknown number of casualties.
“A blast went off at around 4:00 am (0200 GMT)... near a Hezbollah position in Sbouba... causing deaths and injuries,” a Lebanese security source was quoted as saying on Tuesday. The source also said that Lebanese security forces and members of Hezbollah resistance movement have deployed in the area. Blasts have targeted Hezbollah positions in the capital Beirut and the Bekaa valley in the country’s east in recent months. On December 4, the resistance movement said that one of its commanders, Hassan al-Laqqis, was assassinated near his house in the Hadath region near Beirut. Hezbollah has blamed the Israeli regime for the assassination. “Direct accusation is aimed of course against the Israeli enemy which had tried to eliminate our martyred brother again and again and in several places but had failed, until yesterday evening,” Hezbollah said in the statement. In August, a car bomb attack killed 21 people and injured more than 200 others in Ruwaiss neighborhood in Beirut, the stronghold of Hezbollah. President Michel Sleiman said right after the attack that the deadly bombing “bears the fingerprints of terrorism and Israel, and is aimed to destabilize Lebanon and deal a blow to the resilience of the Lebanese.”