Lebanon

Iran condemns terrorist bomb attack in southern Beirut

fathi20130709154050810Iran has strongly condemned the terrorist bombing in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

At least 53 people were injured in a powerful explosion that rocked the southern Bir al-Abed suburb of Beirut on Tuesday, causing heavy damage. Several cars and buildings were on fire in the wake of the blast.

Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi said the move was an “ominous conspiracy” plotted by the Israeli regime and its allies in the region.

He expressed hope that the Lebanese officials would identify the perpetrators of the terrorist act to prevent those who seek to provoke insecurity and instability and cause sectarian strife in the country from achieving their goals.

“Such terrorist measures will fail to deter the resistance movement and Lebanese people from … fighting against the occupying regime [of Israel],” the Iranian spokesperson pointed out.

In January, two people were injured after a bomb went off in the suburb of al-Selloum, south of Beirut. The bomb was planted underneath a car belonging to a member of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

Back in May, two rockets hit the area. Lebanese security forces have also disarmed several rockets near Beirut in recent months.

In December 2012, a car bomb attack in the capital claimed the life of the intelligence chief of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces, General Wissam al-Hassan.

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