Beirut Blast: Video Shows Shock in Studio
The moment of the bombing that killed a former Lebanese government minister in downtown Beirut Friday was captured in a recording of a live television news show broadcast from the area.
The video, disseminated by MEMRI, is from a program on Future TV, which was broadcasted through the internet. The show's host is shaken up by the blast and her guest appears dumbstruck by it.
Former Lebanese minister Mohammed Shattah, adviser to former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and a staunch critic of Iranian-backed Hezbollah, was killed in the blast. Hariri and 21 others were killed in a car bomb attack in Beirut in February 2005, in an attack was blamed on Hezbollah, and pushed sectarian tensions in the country to the brink.
The Guardian notes that Shattah, 62, is the second senior opposition figure to have been killed in the past 14 months. Figures linked to the Hariris have a history of being killed off over the last nine years or so, the news agency said.