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Violence on the rise in Lebanon

Lebanon has seen an increase in violence in the last week linked to the conflict in Syria. Five people were killed today in an explosion in a southern Beirut suburb. The area is considered to be a Hezbollah stronghold. It appears that the explosion was caused by a car bomb. The attack followed an announcement by the Lebanese government earlier in the week that it had arrested the head of a jihadist group that had claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on Iran's embassy in Lebanon in November. We'll get an update from Joseph Kéchichian, a Middle East scholar and senior writer for Gulf News. He’s based in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo: Lebanese citizens extinguish a burned car at the site of a car bomb explosion in a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group at the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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