|Dozens dead in north Lebanon twin blasts||
The head of Lebanon's Red Cross says at least 29 people have been killed and more than 500 wounded in twin blasts that exploded outside mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
"There are at least 29 dead and 500 wounded, many of whom are in serious condition with burns and with head wounds," said Georges Kettaneh, the director of the Lebanese Red Cross, on Friday.
Lebanon's health minister Ali Hassan Khalil told Lebanon's Al-Jadeed TV station that the explosions had caused widespread destruction in the city.
The blasts went off near mosques in the predominantly Sunni city on Friday, when mosques were packed with worshippers for the Friday noon prayer.
The first bomb went off near the al-Taqwa Mosque in Abu Ali square. Worshippers were exiting the mosque after noon prayers as the bomb went off.
The second bomb went off outside the al-Salam Mosque in the Mina area of central Tripoli, causing smoke to rise above the area.
The imams of the two targeted mosques were reported to be unharmed and moved to a safe location, according to a local channel. Sheikh Salem al Rafei was leading the prayers at al-Taqwa Mosque.
Ambulances rushed to the scenes and heavy black smoke covered the sky. Television footage showed crushed cars with their windows smashed. Some cars were burning. People ran through the streets carrying a woman whose face was covered by blood.
Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Tripoli in Lebanon, said there are still no claims of responsibility, and residents in the area have told her that these attacks, which happened five minutes apart, are specifically targeting the Sunni community.
(Source: Al Jazeera)
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