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Hezbollah joins official condemnation of bomb attack

Lebanese Army and forensic experts inspect the site of the explosion in Tayyouneh, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah, whose party headquarters is located in the oft targeted southern suburbs of Beirut, has issued a statement condemning Monday night’s suicide bombing that killed one and wounded 25.

In a statement released Tuesday Hezbollah condemned “this cowardly action and whoever is responsible for it,” adding that the party “hails the recent achievements by the relevant military and security forces, calling on them to keep up their blessed efforts in order to topple the criminal conspiracies and plans against Lebanon.”

Prime Minister Tamman Salam blasted the attacks in a speech Tuesday at the Grand Serail, saying “the criminal action that targeted innocents in a secure residential area is a clear attempt to shake Lebanon’s stability and smash its national unity.”

While Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk linked the ongoing violence to the involvement of Lebanese players in Syria, despite saying that the nervousness of the bombers showed that security situation was under control.

“The situation cannot settle as long as Lebanese indulge in the Syrian fire, whether alongside the regime or against it.”

Other Lebanese and foreign officials joined in condemning the latest terrorist attack to shake Lebanon, expressing sympathy and frustration over the bombing in Tayyouneh.

Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora condemned the attack that shook Beirut overnight, saying that national unity was the only way to confront such dangers.

“Terrorism has no religion. It is a disease and a lesion that should be confronted using all arrangements and cautions, to eradicate it and prosecute [those responsible] for it,” he said.

Similarly, MP Bahia Hariri released a statement to comment on the event, saying that its purpose is to destroy the Lebanese people’s hopes for stability and security.

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt condemned the bombing calling “for transcending the national interests above all other considerations.” He stressed the necessity to avoid any disruption of the political institutions, and to maximize collaboration between the state’s different security forces.

Speaker Nabih Berri’s Amal Movement released a statement condemning the terrorist plans to hit the Lebanese people and destroy their national unity, calling on “political officials to quickly work on the immunization of the official security forces.”

The United States Embassy Tuesday also condemned the terrorist attack, pledging full support for Lebanese security forces in the struggle against terrorism.

“The United States condemns this morning’s terrorist bombing in Tayyouneh. We wish a full recovery to those wounded in the attack,” the embassy tweeted. “The United States reaffirms its support for the Lebanese Army and Lebanese Internal Security Forces in their mission to uphold security."

United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly expressed similar sentiments in a press release Tuesday afternoon. He “paid tribute to all that the security forces are doing to sustain security and stability in the country,” calling for Lebanese unity in the face of terrorism.

Tom Fletcher, British ambassador to Lebanon, expressed sympathy with the injured in the bombing and called the attack “another despicable effort to intimidate and divide.”

Likewise, many Lebanese politicians and religious figures have expressed condemnation of the terrorist attack that killed a General Security officer and wounded 25 near an Army checkpoint in Beirut’s southern suburb.

“[It is sad] that the series of explosions continues, stealing the lives of innocents and spreading chaos,” Culture Minister Raymond Areiji said, calling on all political parties to support the security forces against the terrorist threats.

Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Naim Hasan condemned the terrorist bombing, calling to “speed the election of a new president and activate the functioning of the legislative and executive authorities.”

“It is our fate to pay the price of the extremism hitting the region,” said Michel Musa, member of  Berri’s Development and Liberation bloc, adding that he expected more attacks to occur.

A member of the same bloc, MP Ali Khreis commented on the bombings saying that “there are countries that aim to burn Lebanon [similarly to] what is happening in Iraq. [They] plan to divide the region into sectarian fractions.”

In this vein, MP Ibrahim Kanaan called for a separation between political conflicts and security threats.

“We must deal with the security tremors independently of the political crisis,” he said, referring to the presidential vacuum and the disruption of the country’s political institutions.

Speaking in an interview with Al-Jadeed TV, Wehbi Katisha, an adviser to Lebanese Forces Leader Samir Geagea, said that securing the borders was the only way to confront terrorism.

“No one can stop a suicide bomber even in major countries,” he said. “However, these countries protect their security starting by the airport and the borders.”

Former Minister Wiam Wahhab’s Tawhid Movement released a statement commenting on the bombing, saying it belonged to “a cruel Takfiri plan expanding from Iraq and Syria to Lebanon, aiming at shedding  the Lebanese people’s blood and ruining their security, national unity and their civil peace.”

 

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