DAHIYEH, Beirut - This observer's neighbors seemed to believe, especially over the past year, as most of us did, that the war in Syria would, in one form or another, spill into our neighborhood, Dahiyeh, the Hezbollah stronghold in south Beirut near the Shatila and Burj el Barajeh Palestinian refugee camps.
And now it has with a vengeance.
As this observer left his flat this morning [July 9] and walked toward his motorbike on Abbas Mousawi street en route to Shatila Palestinian Camp for a 10:30 am appointment, at precisely 10:15 am there was a tremendously loud blast. It seemed to shake our
massive 12-story apartment building which had been rebuilt by the WAAD ("promise") Hezbollah construction enterprise, from the mountain of rubble it was turned into in July 2006. Leveled as most in the neighborhood were, by American weapons in the service of the Zionist regime still occupying Palestine.
Contrary to media reports, the blast was not on my street, Abass Mousawi, behind Bahman Hospital, but rather down a side street one block over and two east toward the Hezbollah media office near the Hezbollah-sponsored Islamic Cooperation Center in the area of Bir al-Abed. The explosion occurred close to the Coop supermarket and Salah Ghandour Square.