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There has been a powerful explosion in southern Beirut in an area that is a stronghold of Hezbollah. At least five people are said to have been killed, with some reports speaking of sixty injured – though many of those are said to be slightly hurt.Pictures broadcast on Lebanese TV showed the aftermath of what is thought to have been a car bomb.It went off in the district of Haret Hareik, reportedly not far from a headquarters of the Shi’ite group. The Lebanese capital has been hit by a series of bombs in recent months, much of it linked to the war in neighbouring Syria.Last Friday a former finance minister died in a car bomb that also killed four other people. Mohamad Chatah was a strong critic of Hezbollah.The Syrian conflict has polarised opinion in Lebanon, increasing sectarian tensions.Hezbollah has sent fighters to join the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, who is from the Alawite offshoot of Shi’ite Islam.Sunni Muslims have gone to Syria to fight for rebels trying to topple his government.انفجار الضاحية هلق— Moudi (@moudiidd) 2 Janvier 2014المزيد من الصور الاولى للانفجار #حارة_حريك #الضاحية_الجنوبية #بيروت #لبنان #Lebanon #Beirut #إنفجار— #Addiyar (@AddiyarNews) 2 Janvier 2014انفجار بمنطقة بئرالعبد بالضاحية الجنوبية ل #بيروت ،Explosion in Bai’r El’abd, southern suburb of #Beirut #لبنان— سارة عثمان (@Sarah_Othmann) 2 Janvier 2014#انفجار_الضاحية— الزعيم (@zaaeim) 2 Janvier 2014الدخان الاسود فوق #الضاحية_الجنوبية لبيروت— Al Joumhouria (@aljoumhouria) 2 Janvier 2014