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Hezbollah says Lakkis assassination will make it more determined
Hezbollah members carry the coffin of Hezbollah commander Hassan Lakkis during his funeral procession in Baalbek, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
Hezbollah members carry the coffin of Hezbollah commander Hassan Lakkis during his funeral procession in Baalbek, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc said Thursday that the assassination of a top party commander would only make the group more determined to confront Israel’s aggressions against Lebanon.

“There is no doubt that this martyrdom will make the mujahedeen more determined to continue confronting all forms of the Zionist aggression and thwart its goals,” the bloc said in a statement after its weekly meeting in the Beirut southern suburb of Haret Hreik.

One of Hezbollah’s top covert operatives, Hassan Hawlo al-Lakkis was shot outside his home in Hadath, south of Beirut, overnight Wednesday.

The statement said that the killing of Lakkis was a “Zionist aggression” with dangerous indications that required further strictness in confronting conspiracies targeting the resistance.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani slammed explosions and assassinations regardless of the political party they targeted, saying they aimed at sparking strife in the country:

“These series are the series of great strife that will burn Lebanon. There is no doubt that ... the sides claiming responsibility for this or that incident are bogus groups that aim at distracting people from the real side standing behind the assassination or explosion.”

Following the assassination of Lakkis, a hitherto unknown group, the “Free Sunni Brigades in Baalbek” claimed responsibility for the act.

Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Naim Hasan strongly condemned the assassination of Lakkis, saying that Israel was the side first and foremost benefiting from the assassination.

“I call on the judiciary to have its say in this case and in all of the unfortunate incidents that Lebanon has witnessed recently,” Hasan said in a statement.

Baabda MP Alain Aoun, from the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc, also denounced the killing:

“There is no doubt that those who carried out the assassination tried to exploit the current sectarian tension and incite the Lebanese against each other through giving the operation a sectarian nature.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 06, 2013, on page 3.
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