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Beirut bombing: Second bomb blast in Lebanon, 22 dead

BEIRUT, LEBANON - JUNE 30 2013: Pictures of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad are viewed along a wall in a poor, Hezbollah influenced neighborhood with a high concentration of Syrian refugees
BEIRUT, LEBANON - JUNE 30 2013: Pictures of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad are viewed along a wall in a poor, Hezbollah influenced neighborhood with a high concentration of Syrian refugees
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A bomb blast killed 22 people in Beirut, Lebanon yesterday. BBC News reports that the Lebanese capital has maintained a strong Shia militant movement led by Hezbollah.

Hezbollah has been supporting Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime, and the bombing is believed to have been directed at Hezbollah by Lebanese Sunnis.

The group claiming responsibility is the Battalions of Ayesha. They released a video yesterday taking responsibility for this recent attack, and implicating themselves for an earlier bomb blast in Lebanon.

A month ago, another car bomb went off in the Beirut area that wounded over 50 people. The Battalions of Ayesha, the group believed to have carried out that attack, has promised more violence against Hezbollah, referring to them as "colonies of Iran".

In support of Hezbollah, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah spoke out saying he was prepared to double the number of Hezbollah fighters in Syria, if yesterday’s bombing is in retaliation for Hezbollah’s participation with Syrian rebels. Hezbollah is given credit for helping the Assad regime take the Syrian city of Qusair, near the Syrian-Lebanese border. The Assad regime is also being assisted against Syrian rebels by Hezbollah near the city of Homs, Syria.