At least 43 people are killed in two suicide bomb blasts claimed by Islamic State in a crowded residential district in Beirut's southern suburbs. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
At least 43 people are killed and more than 240 wounded in Lebanon Thursday in two suicide bomb blasts claimed by Islamic State. The attacks took place in Beirut's southern suburbs, a stronghold of the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah. Hospitals are coping with the aftermath. Hezbollah has sent hundreds of fighters to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the four-year-old conflict over the border. Syria's civil war is increasingly playing out as a proxy battle between regional rivals. Anyone can be a target. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WOUNDED CIVILIAN, ALI, SAYING: "I was at home when the first explosion happened, I walked down to see what happened and check on my son who was on the street. I arrived and found people shouting, we started running away when they said it was an explosion then the second explosion happened while we were running. I did not know anything more." Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted online Hezbollah vowed to continue its fight against IS -- warning of a "long war" against its enemies.