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Two Deadly Explosions Reported In Lebanon

Deadly Blasts Strike Near Mosques In Lebanon
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Two powerful explosions outside Sunni Muslim mosques in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli have killed dozens and injured hundreds of people.

Security and medical officials said by early afternoon on August 23 the death toll had risen to more at least 42 in the bloodiest attack since the 1975-1990 civil war.

Officials said the explosions were caused by car bombs. No one has claimed responsibility.

The blasts came amid rising tensions in Lebanon between supporters and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in neighboring Syria.

Last week, a bombing in southern Beirut killed at least 22 and wounded more than 300.

Southern Beirut is a stronghold of the Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hizballah, which has joined Assad's government forces in fighting the mostly Sunni rebels in Syria's civil war.

Assad is a member of the Alawite Shi'ite sect.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and dpa