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Friday, 27 December 2013 - 18:40
Video: Blast hits Lebanese capital Beirut
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A big explosion has rocked the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Black smoke is rising over the centre of the city near the Phoenicia Hotel, close to government offices and the parliament building.

The conflict in Syria has increased sectarian tensions in its smaller neighbour with several deadly attacks.

Lebanese Sunni Muslim fighters have joined forces with the mainly Sunni rebels in Syria. Some of the rebel groups are affiliated with al-Qaeda.

 

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