2006 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Mohamad Azakir


14 February, 2005

A man shouts for help at the scene of the truck-bomb explosion that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Twenty other people were killed in the blast, which appeared aimed at the politician's motorcade. Hariri had resigned as premier to join the opposition four months earlier, and was aiming at making a comeback in May elections. Opposition leaders blamed the Lebanese and Syrian governments for the killing, calling for the government's resignation and the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon.

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Mohamad Azakir

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