Jan. 3 - Lebanon bids farewell to two of the victims that were killed in a car bomb in Hezbollah's southern Beirut stronghold. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The people of the Lebanese southern town of Majdal Selem accompanied the relatives of 17-year-old Malak Zahwi and Iman Hijazi on Friday as they said farewell to both of them after they were killed in a bomb that hit a southern suburb of Beirut. A car bomb killed at least five people in Hezbollah's southern Beirut stronghold on Thursday, destroying several cars and tearing facades off buildings, the latest in a series of deadly attacks on Shi'ite and Sunni targets in Lebanon. Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said five people were killed and 66 wounded in the blast. A security source said the blast was caused by a car bomb. And as relatives were devastated during the funeral, some people from the towns around attended and expressed their sadness as well. The explosion occurred less than a week after former finance minister Mohamad Chatah, a vocal critic of the Shi'ite Hezbollah militant group and its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was killed along with six other people by a car bomb in central Beirut. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which was condemned by both sides of Lebanon's sectarian divide. It was not clear if a specific person was targeted by the bomb.