Twin explosions kill 20 in north Lebanese city of Tripoli; more than 213 wounded

BEIRUT - Lebanon's health minister says at least 20 people have been killed and over 213 wounded in twin blasts that exploded outside mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.

Minister Ali Hassan Khalil says Friday's explosions caused widespread destruction in the city. He spoke to Lebanon's local Al-Jadeed TV station.

Footage aired on local TV showed thick, black smoke rising over the city and bodies scattered beside burning cars in scenes reminiscent of Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war.

The blasts hit amid rising tension in Lebanon as a result of Syria's civil war. That conflict has sharply polarized the country along sectarian lines and between supporters and opponents of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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