Twenty people died and 100 more were injured when a car bomb exploded in central Beirut on February 5.
GV People run away from scene of explosion in Beirut
GV & SVs Injured people scream in pain from windows above (3 shots)
SV Burning Peugeot car in street (2 shots)
GV & SV Rescue workers move in (3 shots)
SV Several cars burning
SVs Distressed onlookers and injured rescued from building. Others carried out on stretchers (6 shots)
SV Soldiers try to control population (3 shots)
SV Walking wounded and injured carried out on stretchers (3 shots)
SCU INTERIOR Ambulance PULL BACK SV Woman with bloodied face
GV Red Cross and other rescue workers in street
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Background: Twenty people died and 100 more were injured when a car bomb exploded in central Beirut on February 5. The bomb was planted outside the offices of the Palestinian Research Centre, which is affiliated to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). Reuters reported that nine of the dead and fifteen of those injured were members of the centre's staff. The remainder of those killed and injured were local residents or passers-by. Rescue workers had to control the frightened population and then work in the crowded street as fire raged inside the research centre and cars burned outside. The Beirut representative of the PLO, Shafiq Al Hout, said he was not certain who caused the blast, but blamed it on what he called "enemies of the Palestine and Lebanese peoples". He added that if the multinational peace-keeping force of troops from the United States, France and Italy, failed in its task, then the civilian population of Beirut may have to adopt their own security measures.