BEIRUT: Hezbollah MPs Sunday praised the security forces’ efforts in the last few days, saying that Friday's suicide bombing was one of the vestiges of a terrorist attack on Lebanon and the region, the National News Agency reported.
“What the security forces did deserves our applause, and there is improvement, evolution and progress in the forces’ performance,” Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Ali Fayyad said.
Fayyad, who spoke at the one-year commemoration of martyr Wassim Ali al-Azzi, described Friday’s suicide bombing as a consequence of the “savage terrorist attacks targeting the region.”
He stressed on the need to parallel the security forces’ improvement with “political improvement.”
“What I mean by political improvement is that we all deal with security as a priority for the sake of which we should all cooperate, regardless of the different political affiliations,” he added.
In parallel, the head of Hezbollah’s bloc, MP Mohammad Raad, said that what happened Friday was the residue of a terrorist plan in the region.
“The bombing that occurred in Dahr al-Baidar is from the remains of what could penetrate into Lebanon and settle in our regions, neighborhoods and countries,” he said.
Raad said the terrorist organizations’ plans had failed, so they are now subject to exploitation by different interests.
“Since their arrow’s head has been broken, they are now moving according to orders they receive, and they are used for others’ interest,” he said.
“The takfiri terrorists plan to sow evil and spread civil war and internal fighting in Lebanon,” Raad added.
“They are subject to the will of their regional masters,” he continued, “who [seek] to retrieve Syria, Iraq, Egypt and all the countries that have deviated from their political line back into their reckless policies.”
Raad said that Lebanon had overcome the strategic threat to its security and the Israeli threat to its sovereignty.
“Even though skirmishes will continue, the situation is still under control,” he said. “Hence, no one should be afraid, because things are being followed up carefully and with high readiness and wisdom.”
He called for collaboration among the security agencies to diminish as far as possible any perturbing actions, hailing what they had done so far in this concern.
He denounced the plan to assassinate Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri as “craziness,” “especially in such a difficult era of our country’s history when no one [else] can keep the balance between different [parties].”
“There are some in Lebanon who applaud and work for such goals to be achieved,” he said concerning Berri’s assassination plan.
On Friday morning after receiving a tip-off that a group of Islamists planning an assassination plot against Speaker Nabih Berri were in a Beirut hotel, a joint raid by the ISF's Information Branch and General Security resulted in the apprehension of 17 people.
Berri was to speak during a conference at UNESCO Friday morning. Western intelligence informed security agencies in Lebanon of an imminent terrorist attack against the gathering, prompting the speaker to cancel the event altogether, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk has said.
Hours later, a suicide car bombing hit a police checkpoint in east Lebanon, killing a 49-year-old ISF officer and wounding 32 other people. Authorities say the target of the attack was a location in Beirut.