A large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Friday, near the Four Seasons Hotel, according to local media. Lebanon’s the Daily Star reported that the bombing occurred between Starco building and Monroe Hotel.
Police and ambulances rushed to the scene as multiple casualties were being reported. Initial reports indicated that at least 5 people were dead in the explosion, according to Red Cross Operations Director George Kettaneh who spoke to the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI)
The channel reported that the blast was caused by a booby-trapped car and that a politician’s convoy was targeted.
The al-Mayadeen network reported that former finance minister Mohammed Shatah, an adviser to former prime minister Saad Hariri, was the target.
The blast went off a few hundred meters from the government headquarters and parliament building, AP reported.
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Lebanon has seen a wave of bombings over the past months as tensions rise over Syria’s civil war.