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Hezbollah condemns Syrian PM attempted assassination

In this November 12, 2010 file photo, Hezbollah fighters hold their party flags, as they parade during the opening of new cemetery for colleagues who died in fighting against Israel, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah and caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour condemned Monday the attempted assassination on Syria’s prime minister, with the former describing it as a sign that the perpetrators were terrorists.

“Targeting the Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi and his companions, and before him the assassination of one of the most prominent symbols of forgiveness and Islamic principle, Sheikh Mohammad al-Bouti, is a clear indication of the fanatic nature of those who seek to destroy Syria and plunge it into chaos,” Hezbollah said in a statement.

Halqi survived the assassination attempt earlier in the Damascus neighborhood of Mazzeh, according to State TV reports, which added that one person was killed in the explosion and several others wounded.

However, the British Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion killed five people, including two of Halqi's bodyguards and one of the drivers in his convoy, the Associated Press reported.

“Hezbollah condemns this new terrorist crime and considers it a sign of political bankruptcy and a military failure by the terrorist armed groups that are managed by international and regional conspirators,” the resistance group, a staunch supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad, said.

The party added that these groups no longer want Syria to play an effective role in regional Arab and Muslim issues, including the Palestinian cause.

Meanwhile, Mansour said the “terrorist explosion” would obstruct national dialogue.

“[The explosion] represents a barrier to national dialogue which alone can lead to a political solution that would prevent havoc in Syria,” the caretaker minister said in a statement.

“Such a criminal act will not result in the security or the stability that Syria aspires toward,” he added.

 

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