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Hariri contacts Berri, slams ‘act of terror’ in Beirut

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks on his mobile in Paris, Jan. 31, 2013. (The Daily Star/Danielle Obeid, HO)

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri described Sunday the recent rocket attacks on the southern suburb of Beirut as an “act of terror” and denounced the incident which left several wounded.

“We condemn this criminal, terrorist act and whoever was behind and planned it, particularly that it targeted a residential area,” he said, according to a statement from his office.

The statement said Hariri, who presides in Saudi Arabia, discussed the early morning rocket attacks with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in a telephone conversation.

“We thank God that the casualties numbers were limited and that wounded Syrian workers are being treated,” Hariri said in the statement.

He also warned of the dangers “of the calls to take part in regional fires that want the Lebanese to be their fuel.”

“It is not enough to condemn strife alone but national duty demands that leaderships and sides concerned with ensuring the security of Lebanon and Lebanese warn those trying to incite [strife] and halt attempts to weaken the state and brag about replacing it all levels,” Hariri said, in a reference to Saturday’s speech by Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.

In a statement soon after Nasrallah’s fiery speech in which he announced his party’s deep involvement in the conflict in Syria, Hariri slammed the Hezbollah chief for denigrating the role of the state.





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