BEIRUT: The U.S. and U.K. condemned Friday the twin blasts in the northern city of Tripoli.
“The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns today’s bombings at the al-Taqwa and al-Danawi mosques in Tripoli, Lebanon,” the U.S. mission said in a statement, reiterating Washington’s denunciation of any violence in Lebanon.
“The embassy calls for all parties to exercise calm and restraint,” it added.
Two car bombs targeted two mosques in Tripoli, killing at least 27 and wounding over 400 people.
The deadly attacks, which occurred within moments of each other, came after the Aug. 15 car bomb in Beirut’s southern suburbs which left 30 people dead and wounded hundreds more.
British Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt also condemned the violence in Tripoli, saying Lebanon had fought hard to preserve peace and security.
“I condemn today’s abhorrent attacks in Tripoli, Lebanon; my thoughts are with those who have lost friends and family as a result,” Burt said in a statement.
He said it was important that Lebanese authorities are given the support they need to fully investigate the events of the day and restore calm to the streets of Tripoli.
“ Lebanon has fought hard to maintain peace and security in the face of regional pressures,” he said.
“I appeal to all the people of Lebanon to pull together, to resist attempts to divide, and to renounce this attack and focus on securing a prosperous future free from the threat of violence,” Burt added, noting that his country was strongly committed to supporting stability in Lebanon.
Meanwhile, the U.S. renewed its travel advisory to Lebanon, asking U.S. expatriates in the country to exercise security awareness.
“In light of the recent escalation of sectarian clashes within Lebanon, and spillover violence from Syria, the U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens in Lebanon to exercise security awareness of their surroundings at all times, and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security,” a message from the U.S. Embassy said.
The embassy advised its citizens to be conscious of their personal security at all times, avoid demonstrations and large gatherings given the “spontaneous demonstrations, neighborhood and sectarian disputes” that can escalate quickly and lead to gunfire.
“The Embassy urges all U.S. citizens in Lebanon to monitor the media for the latest developments,” it said.
It reminded all U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon due to safety and security concerns.