Dahieh

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A crater in Dahieh Al Janubiya, photographed in 2008, two years after the Second Lebanon War of 2006.

Dahieh, Beirut (Arabic: الضاحية الجنوبية al-Janubiya, French: Banlieue Sud de Beyrouth, Dâhiye de Beyrouth, meaning "the southern suburb") is a predominantly Shia Muslim suburb south of Beirut, locating in the Baabda District, Lebanon, composed of several towns and municipalities. There is also a minority of coexisting Sunni Muslims. They also inhabit a Palestinian refugee camp which has 20,000 inhabitants. It is located north of the Rafic Hariri International Airport, with the Airport Road passing through it. Prior to the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, it was a residential area as well as a commercial area with malls and stores. The district is home to many souks. It's also the Beirut stronghold of the Shi'ite Islamist group, Hezbollah, and it had a large auditoriums in Haret Hreik, Hadeth, Beirut and Bourj al-Barajne where Hezbollah followers gather during special occasions.

2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict[edit]

Hezbollah's television station, Al-Manar, was targeted in the area.

Hours after the August 14, 2006 ceasefire, Hezbollah pledged to reconstruct houses for the dwellers of Dahieh, and it offered rent money for the time-being as attempt to build better houses condenses.

On September 22, 2006, Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah attended a mass rally in Dahieh declaring a "Divine Victory" against Israel. Apart from mentioning Hezbollah having 20,000 rockets at its disposal, he also went on to criticize Lebanon's central government, stating it should step down and form a unity government.

According to the Hezbollah's "Jihad al-Bina' " association for the reconstruction, the reconstruction of Dahieh should begin from 25 May 2007, the day of the annual party of the 2000 Israeli pullout from Lebanon.

Terrorist Attacks[edit]

On July 9, 2013, 53 people were wounded after a bomb exploded in a busy shopping street in the Shia stronghold; the blast came on a busy shopping day on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan. A faction of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), claimed responsibility; however, FSA spokesman Luay al-Meqdad condemned the attack, as well as another attack the following month. On August 15, 2013, a month after the first bomb, another car bomb blast hit the suburb. At least 21 people were killed and 200 injured in the massive explosion; the majority of whom are children. A group linked to the Syrian opposition calling itself the "Brigades of Aisha" has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Coordinates: 33°51′12″N 35°30′32″E / 33.8533°N 35.5090°E / 33.8533; 35.5090