An emergency Lebanese cabinet meeting calls a day of mourning

Leading Lebanese politicians accused the Assad regime of the assassination of security chief Wissam al-Hassam and 7 other Lebanese by a devastating car bomb attack on the Ashrafiya district of Beirut in the Friday rush hour. They charged the Syrian ruler of trying to export the Syrian conflict to Lebanon “after reducing his own country to rubble.” Angry protesters blocked roads and highways in several towns including the Beirut-Syrian road link. The Lebanese government met in emergency session Saturday and announced a day of national mourning for the atrocity.

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