BEIRUT: Qatar denounced late Thursday the deadly car bombing that struck the southern suburb of the Lebanese capital, the Qatari News Agency, quoting an official in the Qatari Foreign Ministry, said.
“ Qatar strongly denounces the blast that took place in the Ruwaiss neighborhood of the southern suburb of Beirut that led to the killing and wounding of dozens of people,” the official, according to the state-run agency, said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the blast as “a criminal act that aims at disturbing Lebanon’s stability and intimidating civilians and killing innocent people.”
He also said his country rejected violence in all its forms.
The official conveyed Qatar’s condolences to the families of the victims who were killed in the blast.
A car bomb ripped through the suburb of Ruwaiss, a Hezbollah stronghold, claiming over a dozen lives and wounding of almost 300. There was also extensive damage from the explosion.
On July 9, a similar blast targeted the neighborhood of Bir al-Abed, another Hezbollah stronghold, wounding over 50 people.