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Explosion rocks Hezbollah neighborhood in Beirut

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(CNN) - A large blast struck a residential neighborhood in southern Beirut on Thursday, Lebanon's National News Agency reported. The explosion caused significant damage, Lebanese broadcaster Al Manar TV said.

Video from Al Manar showed people gathered around smoking cars, and others bringing hoses to put out the flames.

The neighborhood, Haret Hreik, is a Hezbollah stronghold.

The blast was strong enough to be felt in nearby neighborhoods of the capital, NNA reported. The blast was the result of a car bomb, the news agency said.

The explosion comes less than a week after a car bomb exploded in downtown Beirut, killing half a dozen people and injuring more than 70.

Among those killed in that blast was Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese finance minister and ambassador to the United States.

The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon is due to begin the trial this month of four Hezbollah suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was also killed in a car bomb attack.

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