Hariri blames Israel for ‘terrorist attack’ in Beirut

Hariri blames Israel for ‘terrorist attack’ in Beirut
Tue Jul 9, 2013 16:47:27

Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri has blamed Israel for the “terrorist explosion” that rocked Beirut’s southern suburbs and accused the regime of trying to provoke Sunni-Shiite strife in Lebanon.

“[The blast] requires the highest level of awareness and vigilance in the face of dangers that surround the country and the entire region, especially while facing attempts by the Israeli enemy to push [Lebanon] to strife by organizing terrorist attacks, as happened today,” Hariri said in a statement.

“After of terrible criminal scene that Beirut’s southern suburbs witnessed, the Lebanese can only express indignation and condemnation of the crime that targeted one of the most populated neighborhoods,” the statement said.

A car bomb explosion ripped through the Beirut’s southern suburb neighborhood of Bir al-Abed, a pro-Hezbollah area, wounded dozens of people.

“As I strongly condemn the terrorist bombing that harmed innocent civilians, I ask God Almighty to bless the wounded with safety and health,” Hariri said.

Hariri said that the blast should shock Lebanese “to go back to the national consensus on keeping Lebanon away from external conflicts and to avoid slipping into wars that will only inflict further divisions in the country, place national stability at risk and expose Lebanon to the conspiracies of the Israeli enemy.”

Hariri who heads the Future Movement, urged an investigation into the blast and called on political leaders to shoulder responsibility in addressing the country's deteriorating security situation.

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