Fem personer ble drept av en bombe idag morges i Beirut, deriblant den tidligere libanesiske ministeren Mohammed Shattah. Det var hans konvoi som ble angrepet. Shattah var kjent for å være motstander av Assad.

The sound of the blast was heard across the city at around 9:40 a.m. (0740 GMT), and a plume of black smoke was seen rising in the downtown business and hotel district.

Ambulances could be seen taking victims from the area, a Reuters witness said. A restaurant and a coffee shop were destroyed in the blast, and several cars were on fire, the witness said, adding that there was glass everywhere and the smell of explosives filled the air.

Much of Beirut went into lockdown following the explosion, with police blocking off roads across the city. 

People run to help a wounded man as smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Beirut's downtown area