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Iran commemorates twin bombing victims of Iranian embassy in Beirut

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19 Nov. 2013. A double bombing attack in front of the Iranian embassy in Beirut resulted in 23 deaths and at least 160 injuries. Among the dead was Iranian cultural attaché, Ebrahim Ansari.
Ebrahim Ansari is not the only Iranian official being killed as a consequence of such actions. Prior to him, 3 other Iranian officials involved in cultural affairs outside Iran had been subject to such attacks and lost their lives. In an event orchestrated by Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, these victims’ contributions to promoting Islamic culture and the sacrifices they made to this end, were commemorated. Iranian embassy in Lebanon was working on forming a cultural bond between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Lebanon against Takfiris before the incident. Victims’ family members urged the necessity of more cultural moves to further “expose the evil nature of Takfiri terrorist groups.” Iran’s former ambassador to Lebanon was to accompany Ebrahim Ansari to the Ministry of Culture on the day of the attack. The attacks were even condemned by the United Nations Security Council and its member countries. Iranian officials also blamed Israel for the attack and called it “an inhuman crime and spiteful act done by Zionists and their mercenaries”.

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