Lebanese Christian mourners attend the funeral service of victims of suicide attacks earlier this week, in the village of al-Qaa, near the country's border with war-ravaged Syria, on June 29, 2016. AFP / JOSEPH EID
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The eight suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the northeastern border town of Al-Qaa intentionally targeted the town, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Friday, vowing to protect the Bekaa Valley region from future attacks.Nasrallah said information suggested that the eight suicide bombers did not come from Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, but from the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, only a few kilometers southeast from Al-Qaa.Most of the attacks by ISIS and other extremist groups in Lebanon have targeted Shiite areas over their perceived support for Hezbollah, which is fighting in Syria alongside government forces against rebel groups.Nasrallah defended the "pre-emptive war" to fight militants in Syria, saying Lebanon would have been in a much worse situation. Of course people will say: this is for the Christians to pressure Hezbollah to leave Syria," Nasrallah said.He likened the Al-Qaa bombings to ISIS' attacks earlier this week on the Istanbul airport which killed more than 40 people. Commenting on the recent Israeli threats about destroying Hezbollah, Nasrallah said there is nothing new, as the two are always engaged in an open war.
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