Why Wasn’t The Iran-Lebanon Football Game Postponed Today?

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The two explosions that rocked the area of Jnah in Beirut today were directed against the Iranian embassy and ended up killing 25 people and injuring hundreds, but that wasn’t enough to postpone the planned game between Iran and Lebanon as part of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. In fact, the game was played without fans and Lebanon lost by 4 goals to 1 against the Iranian team.

How can one keep a football game ongoing after a tragedy like the one we’ve witnessed today? It’s one thing not to over-react and freak out after a bombing since we unfortunately “got used” to them, but asking the Lebanese and Iranian teams to play an Asian qualifier a couple of hours after the explosion is immoral and unacceptable!

Iran’s head coach Carlos Queiroz said the atmosphere was not suitable for the match and said it should be canceled.

The 20th European Film Festival In Beirut

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If you are interested in attending, check out the full program [Here].

The 20th European Film Festival will be held from 20 November to 2 December 2013 in the two theaters of Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil (Ashrafieh). The European Film Festival is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon in collaboration with the Embassies and Cultural Institutes of the European Union Member States, under the patronage of H.E. the Minister of Culture. [Link]

In Pictures: Explosions Rock Iranian Embassy Site in Jnah, Beirut

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The two explosions that rocked Beirut today killed at least 23 people and injured around 150 others. The attack was perpetrated by two suicide bombers which is frightening to say the least as we haven’t had suicide attacks in years.

CNN showed a small video taken from Al-Manar of the explosion site. LebanonFiles had an album full of screenshots from Al-Manar as well.

Sincere condolences to the victims’ families.

The attack began when a suicide bomber riding a motorbike rushed the Iranian embassy and detonated a small two kilogram bomb, a security source told NOW.

Two minutes later, a second suicide bomber detonated a Renault Rapid packed with approximately 50 kilograms of explosives. [Now]

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Pictures from NowLebanon