Posted by: sean | October 15, 2006

Unsettling explosions

The other night, I heard a noise at about 1:30 a.m. It wasn’t clear what the noise was, but it startled me and might have sounded like a loud motorcycle going down the street in front of my friend’s apartment. Then it came again, except this time it sounded like someone might have been knocking at the door at the same time.

As it turns out, it was either two bombs or two concussion grenades or two regular grenades thrown at the police station in a neighborhood called Verdun, which is a nice quarter not too far from here.

Last night, I went out with some friends of mine. After a couple of drinks, one of my friends decided that she wanted to go dancing near downtown, so we went to a dance club. Since my other friend is a guy, and a guy who was wearing a t-shirt and jeans at that, they didn’t let us in. So we went back to my friend’s place to smoke a narguile and then I went home.

I didn’t hear any explosions last night or early this morning. But it seems that the building next to the UN building downtown (I think it was Buddha Bar) was attacked with two RPGs. Four people were hurt, but no one was killed. It seems most likely that the UN was being targeted, but I suppose it’s also possible that the club was hit on purpose.

I’m going to go downtown and take a look for myself, despite the Beiruti rain.

I don’t like the direction things are starting to take.


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