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Lebanese Officials Speculate On Israeli Role in Beirut Bombing

After the blast that killed more than 20 people in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Aug. 15, several Lebanese politicians have accused Israel of being involved.
Lebanese army soldiers, military policemen, security forces and Hezbollah members inspect the site of a car bomb that occurred on Thursday in Beirut's southern suburbs, August 16, 2013. The death toll from a car bomb which ripped through the southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah rose on Friday to 24, and the government said it was investigating whether the blast was a suicide attack. REUTERS/Sharif Karim   (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY MILITARY) - RT

Around 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, a car bomb rocked the Ruwais area in Beirut’s southern suburbs about 200 meters [220 yards] from the Sayyed al-Shuhada’ complex, where most of Hezbollah’s political and religious celebrations are held. Although a Syrian Sunni opposition fundamentalist group claimed responsibility for the attack, Lebanese sources told Al-Monitor that they don’t rule out the involvement of Israeli intelligence in the bombing.

About a week ago, a source close to Hezbollah told Al-Monitor that the person accused of carrying out the Majdal Anjar-Masnaa explosion in the Bekaa Valley on July 16 admitted during interrogation that he had outfitted bombs on a number of cars that were intended to be detonated in pro-Hezbollah areas, but that he doesn’t know who received those cars or where they are now.

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