A loud explosion was heard at around 11:00 a.m. in the Beirut southern suburbs of Dahiyeh on Tuesday morning. Manar TV says the explosion went off in the Bir El-Abed neighborhood.

Injuries are being reported by various news agencies. Landlines as well as cell phone lines have reportedly been cut.

We'll bring you more updates as they become available.

3:52 p.m.
A photograph from AFP taken shortly after the blast shows a firefighter trying to contain flames with the help of another unidentified man.

(Photo via @AFPphoto on Twitter)

3:34 p.m.

(Photo via @LarissaAounSky on Twitter)

3:23 p.m.
More photos are being released in the aftermath of today's explosion.

(Photo via @LarissaAounSky on Twitter)


(Photo via @tfitzsimons on Instagram)

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(Photo via @lebanesefree on Twitter)

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A photo Instagrammed by Al-Jadeed TV shortly after the blast that went off this morning.

(Photo via @AlJadeedNews on Instagram)

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1:33 p.m.
MTV news has released video footage from earlier this hour showing Interior Minister Marwan Charbel being chased by an angry mob in the neighborhood of Bir el-Abed in southern Beirut. The army is seen firing shots in the air in an attempt to disperse the crowd.


1:29 p.m.
Al-Jadeed TV reports Interior Minister Marwan Charbel has safely left the Bir el-Abed neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburbs after he came under attack by an angry mob who forced him to hole up inside a building for around 20 minutes before he could leave the area.

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1:14 p.m.
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri sent out a Tweet calling for the highest degree of awareness to fight sectarian clashes.




1:13 p.m.

(Photo via @jessyabouhabib on Twitter)


1:08 p.m.
Al-Jadeed news reports Interior Minister Marwan Charbel is holed up inside a building near the Dahiyeh explosion site. An angry mob attacked him when he entered the area to inspect the damage caused by a car bomb that reportedly went off at around 11:00 a.m. this morning.

12:51 p.m.
Al-Joumhouriya newspaper has released a list of people reportedly wounded in this morning's Dahiyeh blast. They are: Mohammad Chedid, Mohammad Daher, Tala Cheet, Wlid abd el Kader, Nabhan Ghassan, Randa Osseily, Raslan Wassim, Salloum Ahmad Ahmad, Iman el Bacha, Aliyya Fneich and Ahmad Nassar, Nasser Mhammad, Awada Nabeel, Hsein Hsein, Haydar Moubarak, Ahmad Ali Hoteit, Ibtissam Ayyoub, Ahmad Sarhal, Rayan Bazzi and Taha Bazzi.

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(Photo via @LOrientLeJour on Twitter)


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(Photo via @jeanassy on Twitter)


(Photo via @AbdallaMortada on Twitter)

12:38 p.m.
Najib Mikati Tweets: 'The only way to get out of this crisis is to work together and unite. Sacrifices should be made."



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(Photo via @ana_cherine on Twitter)

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OTV is reporting a 7-year-old and a garage owner are among the dead.





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(Photo via @AbdallaMortada on Twitter)

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12:07 p.m.
News agency Reuters is reporting "several people" are dead and wounded.

12:04 p.m.
There are various reports, regarding the number of wounded. The
Daily Star newspaper is putting the number at 21. Meantime, Al-Manar TV says 18 are injured.




12:02 p.m.

(Photo via @ghazayel on Twitter)

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11:53
Al Manar TV is reporting no deaths




11:49 a.m.

(Photo via @DavidKenner on Twitter)


(Photo via @AnonPressOfice on Twitter)


11:46 a.m.
Al-Mustaqbal report advising people not to go near the explosion site in case another bomb goes off




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(Photo via @Shadaomar on Twitter)


(Photo via @Samar_antar on Twitter)


(Photo via @philabouzeid on Twitter)


(Photo via @sara_haj on Twitter)

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(Photo via @Johaynah on Twitter)


(Photo via @_RichardHall on Twitter)


(Photo via @sawtlebnan on Twitter)

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يا جبل ما يهزّك ريح! الله يلطف بالعباد

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shame on us we are Arabs and we are killing each others and for what? wish i know what reason or reasons make us do this things while children's and woman's are dieing. we are all from lebanon the peace country we never care about religions why this is happening to us this days.

Tarek Hamzeh on Jul 9, 2013 via web