BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Monday political disputes among rival groups allowed the bombings in north Lebanon and Beirut’s southern suburbs to occur.
“If Lebanon was united and the politicians, particularly rival groups, had come together and engaged in dialogue, the bombings wouldn't have taken place,” Rai told a crowd at the Higher Shiite Council after he offered his condolences to the council and families of the victims of the suburbs blast.
A car bomb ripped through the Ruwaiss neighborhood in Beirut’s southern suburbs killing 30 people at the beining of August.
Last week, twin car bombs targeted two mosques in the northern city of Tripoli, leaving at least 47 people dead and some 500 wounded.
“Words of condolences are necessary but the blood of the innocent people is calling our conscience,” said Rai who also visited Tripoli Sunday and offered his condolences.
The patriarch warned that ongoing divisions among rival groups would be costly for the nation.
“We should have an understanding, engage in dialogue, be frank and reconcile or else the price we will have to pay is hefty,” he said, adding that the Lebanese public is already paying the price of such disputes on the social, economic and security levels.
Rai who headed a delegation of bishops representing the Maronite Church said what happened in Tripoli and in the southern suburbs has affected the entire country.