BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc said Thursday the recent bombing in Beirut’s southern suburb was the work of Takfiri groups employed by regional intelligence agencies.
“This terrorist bombing was engineered by filthy intelligence agencies in the region who invest in groups of Takfiri terrorists that benefit from the political, provocative environment set up and fueled by some March 14 forces,” the Loyalty to the Resistance bloc said in a statement.
It added that their rivals in the March 14 alliance sought to impose a strategic and authoritarian path for Lebanon “to serve the interests of the regional Zionist-American axis.”
Thirty people were killed and over 300 people wounded in a car bombing in the Ruwaiss area of the southern suburb of Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold, on Aug. 15.
Hezbollah’s Secretary General-Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has accused Takfiri groups fighting in Syria of being behind the bombing and other attacks on Hezbollah targets in the country.
Nasrallah has also defended his group’s military involvement in Syria, saying it aimed at protecting Lebanon from Takfiri groups.
The Hezbollah parliamentary bloc warned that Takfiri groups were entering Lebanon after failing to achieve their objectives in Syria.
“Hezbollah's decision to fulfill its national, humanitarian and legitimate duty, which requires it to confront [Takfiris] and their masters in order to preserve Lebanon’s unity, resistance, diversity and coexistence is a realistic, inevitable decision despite the sacrifices,” the statement said.
It added said the survival of Lebanon depended on Hezbollah confronting the jihadist groups.
The bloc also blasted the March 14 coalition, accusing it of disrupting the process of government formation which has been stalled for over four months.
“Imposing a provocative fait accompli [government] that is unconstitutional would exacerbate the crisis [and result in] escalations and tensions as it would waste more time that could be used to [finding] serious solutions which could pave the way to responsible national dialogue,” it said.
A national unity government, the bloc said, would represent a new beginning for Lebanon to resolve its ongoing crises.
"Disruption by some March 14 forces to forming a unifying Cabinet as well as [disrupting] the work of constitutional institutions and political life and betting on autocratic projects that promote reconciliation with the Zionist enemy, is a non-nationalistic commitment which threatens Lebanon's sovereignty and stability," it added.