Suicide attacker in Lebanon was a Palestinian

Sidon attack suspects linked to Iran embassy raidersThe Lebanese army revealed on Monday that the suicide attacker who assaulted it at a checkpoint in the southern city of Sidon on Sunday was a Palestinian.

An army officer was killed in the incident, as were two armed men who accompanied the attacker, who were gunned down by troops manning the checkpoint.

The army checkpoint was attacked late Sunday, shortly after another military post in the same city had been attacked by a man who hurled a hand grenade towards it. He too was shot dead by troops at the checkpoint.

“Bahaa Eddine al-Sayed, of Palestinian origin, got out of the car he was in while two others stayed inside. He approached soldier Samer Rizk and detonated himself using a home-made bomb,” the army said Monday.

“The soldier died, and two other troops were wounded,” it said, adding that “other troops at the checkpoint opened fire at the car, killing the two Lebanese men Mohammad al-Zarif and Ibrahim al-Mir.”

The army said troops found an explosive belt, detonators and bombs in the car.

Several Lebanese leaders condemned on Monday the attacks against the army .

President Michel Suleiman called the attacks “terrorist crimes,” saying they came “at a time the Lebanese are looking to the army in all regions as the guarantor of security, stability and civil peace, ” according to a presidential statement.

Former Lebanese PM and Future movement leader Saad Hariri also condemned the attacks and said they were at the top of the list of “chaos.”

Hariri called for unity with the army, saying it was “the duty of every citizen who believes in the state and the role of the military institution to be in solidarity with it.”

“Sidon will not allow under any circumstance to be dragged again to a confrontation with the Lebanese army,” he said in reference to the bloody clashes between supporters of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir and the military in the coastal city of Sidon last June.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea also condemned the attack against the troops and reiterated that weapons must be exclusively in the hands of the state.

“The attack against the army in Sidon on Sunday shows the necessity of the state being the sole possessor of arms on Lebanese territory,” Geagea said in a statement.

“The possession and the use of arms trigger people to get armed and soldiers and the Lebanese are paying the price.” He said in a possible reference to the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group and the extremists Islamist groups
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AFP

  • cook

    The religion of peace combined with invented palestinian people is not a good experiment to try at home

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      The religion of peace may have been invented yes, but the Palestinian people are not invented and they want to go home.

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        All national identities are contrived to an extent but none more so than the Palestinian one.

    • dateam

      Such arrogance to dismiss an entire people….how do you expect peace to ever exist when you do not even acknowledge the other people? Your people lived in peace amongst them until it was decided you can have their land.

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        Actually, a Jew couldn’t own land. Jews had no security. Jews couldn’t appear in court against Muslims. A Muslim could enter a Jewish home, rape his wife, take his stuff and the Jew could do nothing. Thousands of Jews would move here every century and they wouldn’t be able to settle. There were also bad pogroms. And no, it’s not their land as a collective. Individuals have private land but as a group, we are the indigenous people of the land.

    • man-o-war

      Invented people? You mean the people that were living in the area for hundreds and hundreds of years are invented? Are you the president of the Baha’i for Israel club? Do you also want them to rebuild the temple at the Al Aqsa mosque to herald the return of the Messiah?
      Is the Al Aqsa mosque a 1000 year old invention as well?

      • cook

        Mostly immigrants really. Time to deport UNRWA

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        They didn’t have a Palestinian identity until the 20th century. Some of them have lived here for hundreds of years. Some of them for less than a hundred.I don’t want a temple, I just want to be able to pray at the holiest site in my religion without Muslims threatening world war if I do.

        • man-o-war

          So, what were they called before the 20th century? Arabs? Bedouins? What?
          Some lived there for thousands of years just like some Jewish presence was there thousands of years ago. And some Jews have lived there for less than a hundred years, some even less then 10 years. What’s your point?

          • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

            Nationalism caught on quite late in the Middle East for the most part. Arabs of the Southern Levant, like elsewhere in the region, considered themselves either from their locality (eg. Khalili for someone from Hebron), or Ottomans or just Muslims. Their first dance with instrumental nationalism was the popular sentiment to be part of a Greater Syria and their leadership called them ‘Southern Syrians’.

            All you say about both Jews and Arabs being here for varying portions of time is totally true. What I object to is use of that name and I’ll tell you why. It was used to denote a vague geographic region throughout much of history and had nothing to do with any living ethnicity. On the one hand, I am rather semantic. On the other hand, if one uses that name to refer to a specific ethnicity and a specific region now, then one manages to insert himself into the history books anachronistically and create a false impression. In addition, it is stating something that isn’t true to say that there is a Palestine. It is stating that Israel is occupying an existing or pre-existing country. Whether morally right or wrong, the situation is that Israel has control over the bulk of a territory which has never been independent. It hasn’t been a country in itself and wasn’t recognized as part of a country since at least the British era or perhaps we could say, the Ottoman era. It is a territory of undetermined permanent status or a territory that has yet to be decolonized. Saying that it should be Palestine is all well and good if you are purely political sloganing for something you support but it is not as such and to say it is dishonest, especially if we are to have a discussion that may increase understanding, evaluate and allow us to arrive at new ideas and perspectives.

  • Heraclitus

    The religion of peace combined with invented palestinian people is not a good experiment to try at home

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      The religion of peace may have been invented yes, but the Palestinian people are not invented and they want to go home.

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        All national identities are contrived to an extent but none more so than the Palestinian one.

    • dateam

      Such arrogance to dismiss an entire people….how do you expect peace to ever exist when you do not even acknowledge the other people? Your people lived in peace amongst them until it was decided you can have their land.

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        Actually, a Jew couldn’t own land. Jews had no security. Jews couldn’t appear in court against Muslims. A Muslim could enter a Jewish home, rape his wife, take his stuff and the Jew could do nothing. Thousands of Jews would move here every century and they wouldn’t be able to settle. There were also bad pogroms. And no, it’s not their land as a collective. Individuals have private land but as a group, we are the indigenous people of the land.

    • man-o-war

      Invented people? You mean the people that were living in the area for hundreds and hundreds of years are invented? Are you the president of the Baha’i for Israel club? Do you also want them to rebuild the temple at the Al Aqsa mosque to herald the return of the Messiah?
      Is the Al Aqsa mosque a 1000 year old invention as well?

      • Heraclitus

        Mostly immigrants really. Time to deport UNRWA

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        They didn’t have a Palestinian identity until the 20th century. Some of them have lived here for hundreds of years. Some of them for less than a hundred.I don’t want a temple, I just want to be able to pray at the holiest site in my religion without Muslims threatening world war if I do.

        • man-o-war

          So, what were they called before the 20th century? Arabs? Bedouins? What?
          Some lived there for thousands of years just like some Jewish presence was there thousands of years ago. And some Jews have lived there for less than a hundred years, some even less then 10 years. What’s your point?

          • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

            Nationalism caught on quite late in the Middle East for the most part. Arabs of the Southern Levant, like elsewhere in the region, considered themselves either from their locality (eg. Khalili for someone from Hebron), or Ottomans or just Muslims. Their first dance with instrumental nationalism was the popular sentiment to be part of a Greater Syria and their leadership called them ‘Southern Syrians’.

            All you say about both Jews and Arabs being here for varying portions of time is totally true. What I object to is use of that name and I’ll tell you why. It was used to denote a vague geographic region throughout much of history and had nothing to do with any living ethnicity. On the one hand, I am rather semantic. On the other hand, if one uses that name to refer to a specific ethnicity and a specific region now, then one manages to insert himself into the history books anachronistically and create a false impression. In addition, it is stating something that isn’t true to say that there is a Palestine. It is stating that Israel is occupying an existing or pre-existing country. Whether morally right or wrong, the situation is that Israel has control over the bulk of a territory which has never been independent. It hasn’t been a country in itself and wasn’t recognized as part of a country since at least the British era or perhaps we could say, the Ottoman era. It is a territory of undetermined permanent status or a territory that has yet to be decolonized. Saying that it should be Palestine is all well and good if you are purely political sloganing for something you support but it is not as such and to say it is dishonest, especially if we are to have a discussion that may increase understanding, evaluate and allow us to arrive at new ideas and perspectives.

  • 5thDrawer

    One of the problems with headlines. Some only read those … should be:
    ‘Suicide attacks at Leb Checkpoint’. Period. The article points out they were Lebs and a Pal.

  • 5thDrawer

    One of the problems with headlines. Some only read those … should be:
    ‘Suicide attacks at Leb Checkpoint’. Period. The article points out they were Lebs and a Pal.

  • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    No wayyyyyy!

  • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    No wayyyyyy!