Two explosions rocked the southern Lebanese city of Tyre just after dawn Wednesday morning, causing significant damage but no casualties.
The two blasts struck near a hotel frequented by UN peacekeeping officials and a liquor store. Outside the Queen Elissa Hotel in the port city, the car belonging to a UN officer was damaged. A restaurant adjacent to the hotel was destroyed and nearby windows were shattered.
Despite the presence of a UNIFIL official, Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel denied that the UN peacekeeping force was the target of the blasts, Lebanese news site Naharnet reported. The interior minister claimed that the explosives targeted the sale of liquor in the area.