Lebanese army soldiers inspect and guard the site of an explosion in the Shi'ite town of Hermel February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Rami Bleibel
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The U.N. Security Council appealed to the Lebanese people to preserve national unity despite consistent attempts to undermine the country's stability, in the wake of the deadly bombing in the northeastern city of Hermel that was claimed by an Al-Qaeda-linked group.Both the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council strongly condemned the "heinous" terrorist attack late Saturday in Hermel, a town where Hezbollah has a strong support base. Lebanon has seen an increase in bombings where Hezbollah enjoys strong support, including in Hermel and the southern suburbs of Beirut.The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon also condemned the Hermel bombing, the second in the northeastern region in just over two weeks, and extended its condolences to the victims and their families.The bombing was claimed by the Nusra Front in Lebanon, which has also claimed two other attacks in Lebanon, citing Hezbollah's military intervention in Syria.
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