BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri’s Amal Movement decided Saturday to postpone the commemoration ceremony of missing Shiite Imam Musa Sadr after car bombs rocked the northern city of Tripoli.
The ceremony scheduled on Aug. 31 was postponed due to the security situation in the country, Berri’s office said.
“Due to the bloody incidents and the terrorist and Israeli plots in Lebanon... and in condemnation of the series of terrorist crimes gripping Lebanon and out of fear of giving a chance for more explosions and random killing, the national ceremony in commemoration... of Imam Musa Sadr and his two companions was postponed,” a statement from Amal said.
Twin blasts that targeting Sunni mosques killed nearly 50 people and wounded hundreds in Tripoli Friday.
The bombing and another that targeted a pro-Hezbollah area recently raised concerns over worsening sectarian strife in the nation.
The speaker is still scheduled to deliver a televised speech next Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Berri’s office said.
The Amal Movement, of which Sadr was a founding member, holds a yearly commemoration of the Shiite imam who disappeared with his companions during a visit to Libya in 1978.
This year will mark the 35th anniversary of the Imam’s disappearance.