Explosions Near Iranian Embassy in Beirut

More than 20 dead after attack on Shiite area

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At least two explosive devices were detonated outside the Iranian Embassy in Beriut earlier this morning, killing up to 23 people and injuring over 140, according to Reuters. Initial reports suggested rockets were fired, but a car bomb is now thought to be the cause of the explosion.

The district near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut is a Hizbollah enclave. Iran is a major backer of the Shitte militia group Hizballah and embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, supplying weapons and operational support to their forces who are engaged a bitter civil war with Islamist and Jihadi rebel brigades across Syria.