At least five died, and many others were wounded in an explosion near a Beirut amusement park along the seaside corniche. The explosion reportedly targeted the convoy of March 14 and Future Movement deputy Walid Eido.
Walid Eido has reportedly died.
Update. LBC is showing horrific images of burnt bodies and destroyed cars.
Update 2. Eido was accompanied by his eldest son and two bodyguards. They were all killed by the explosion.
Update 3. The death toll rose to ten, according to LBC.
Update 4. Is someone going to declare war on the Assad regime? Are the deputies of March 14 going to hold a session without Berri while they're still alive? What on earth are we waiting for.
This is a message not only to Saad Hariri, but also to the Saudis and French, who thought they could ignore the Syrian factor and focus on resurrecting "dialogue" between the Lebanese parties. How many times do we have to say "we told you so".
As I type these words, Walid Eido's body lies in an car on the Manara. The "future movement" deputy lost his life, and his slain son lost his future. Two Lebanese soldiers were killed earlier today by Syrian-sponsored terrorists.
Who is afraid of the terrorist Assad regime?
Update 5. Charles Malik from Lebanese Political Journal was there.
This is the closest I've been.
I was 50m from this attack.
We were in a cafe next to Luna Park enjoying the late afternoon next to the sea after an intense day.
Children were playing on the equipment under the setting sun. Mothers were holding their babies. Old men were smoking argile.
Everyone hit the floor, except the group of European tourists who just looked surprised. Waiters dived under the tables. Mother grabbed their crying babies.
Human flesh landed in the children's play area.
We didn't know what happened. All I knew was that a bomb went off in the passageway between the Nejmeh Football Club and the Luna Park, a children's amusement park on the Mediterranean coast.
We knew there had to be casualties.
The Army was IMMEDIATELY on the scene. At least two squads from the nearby Army base immediately secured the area. They came down, and started cordoning off the area. Everyone in the nearby beach areas and sporting clubs were asked to move their vehicles. There was great concern another bomb would go off.
Within minutes, the police were there.
I was on the scene for a number of the bombs in 2005, including Hariri's assassination. It took the Army, at least, half an hour to arrive. This time, the security forces were amazingly professional. I was astounded. They were outstanding.
We soon found out that 14 March Parliamentary Representative Walid Eido, his son, his two bodyguards, and at least two bystanders were killed.
I was horrified that they had planted a bomb next to a children's park. We knew there had to be bystanders killed, but we thought it was just another random bombing.
Adrenaline is still running. My friend's pictures will soon be on the website.
Update 6. March 14 leaders are meeting in Saad Hariri's residence in Qoraytem.
Update 7. Saad Hariri called for a mass protest tomorrow to bid farewell to Beirut MP Walid Eido and today's victims. He also called on the Arab League to boycott the "terrorist [Assad] regime" in view of its terrorist acts against a Lebanon, a founding member of the league.
Hariri vowed to continue the fight.
We will not vacate Beirut, we will not hand the decision[making] to anyone. Beirut will remain the capital of freedom...
Hariri didn't say it, but Lebanon should pull out of the league if they don't take measures against the Assad regime. But then, what can a useless groups of despots do to advance freedom in another country...