August 23, 2013

Red Cross: At least 500 wounded in explosions outside mosques in northern Lebanese city; blasts in the largely Sunni city appear to be coordinated; Hezbollah says “terrorist explosions” aim to provoke sectarian tensions.

Twin explosions hit two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, killing at least 42 people and wounding hundreds, intensifying the sectarian strife that has spilled over from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

The apparently coordinated blasts – the biggest and deadliest in Tripoli since the end of Lebanon’s own civil war – struck as locals were finishing Friday prayers in the largely Sunni Muslim city. Lebanese officials appealed for calm.

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