BEIRUT: The United Nations Security Council condemned Friday a deadly car bombing in the southern suburb of Beirut, describing it as a “terrorist attack,” and urged Lebanon to maintain its policy of disassociation toward the crisis in Syria.
“The members of the Security Council strongly condemn the terrorist attack ... and extend their condolences to the victims and their families,” according to a U.N. statement.
At least 20 people were killed and over 200 were wounded by the blast that targeted the Ruweiss neighborhood of Beirut’s southern suburb, a Hezbollah stronghold.
The Council also said it rejected all forms of terrorism because it constitutes “one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”
“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the statement said.
The members of the Security Council stressed the need to bring the perpetrators to justice and appealed to all Lebanese people “to preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country’s stability.”
It also stressed the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Beirut’s policy of self-disassociation and to refrain from any involvement in Syria crisis, consistent with their commitment in the Baabda Declaration.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also strongly condemned the car bombing in Beirut and urged all Lebanese to remain united in the face of such “unacceptable” violence.
In a statement, the U.N. chief expressed his condolences over those who were killed and extended his deepest sympathies to the wounded.
“Such acts of violence are completely unacceptable and only reinforce the determination of the international community to continue supporting Lebanon’s security and stability at a time of severe regional turbulence,” said the statement.
“During this period of heightened tensions, the secretary-general urges all Lebanese to remain united, to rally around their state institutions and to focus on safeguarding Lebanon’s security and stability.”
Turkey, which recently warned ties with Lebanon were threatened over the recent kidnapping of two Turkish Airlines pilots in Beirut , also denounced the “terrorist attack” and said it maintains its “support in solidarity with the Lebanese people. “
“Turkey hopes the perpetrators of this heinous attack are found out and brought to justice as soon as possible,” a statement from the Turkish Embassy said Friday.
“It is our firm belief that the people of Lebanon will act prudently against this heinous attack that targeted the security and stability of Lebanon.”
The Ruwaiss attack is the second of its kind targeting Hezbollah’s stronghold in Beirut this year.
On July 9, a car bombing at a parking lot in Bir al-Abed left over 50 people wounded and caused extensive material damage.