International community condemns southern Beirut blast

haret  hreik explosion 3The International community rushed to condemn the car bombing that killed at least five people in Hezbollah’s stronghold in southern Beirut on Thursday, the latest in a series of deadly attacks on Shi’ite and Sunni targets in Lebanon.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned on Thursday the bombing and called on all parties in Lebanon to act with restraint following the incident to prevent further escalation of the violence witnessed in the country in recent months.

Ban highlighted “the need for the instigators and perpetrators of this crime to be brought to justice as soon as possible,” a statement said.

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi also condemned the Haret Hreik blast, expressing “the League’s full solidarity with Lebanon and its president, government and people in the face of these criminal acts.”

The U.S. State Department also condemned the “terrorist” bombing. It reaffirmed its commitment to Lebanon’s stability

The French Foreign Ministry also reaffirmed its commitment to Lebanon’s stability and urged all Lebanese to exert efforts to avoid violence.

British Foreign Office Minister Hugh Robertson strongly condemned the Dahieh blast, saying his government is “fully committed to supporting the future stability of Lebanon.”

Several other cars were destroyed by the force of the blast, the blackened and twisted wreckage smoldering on the street in front of buildings whose facades were torn off by the explosion.

Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said five people were killed and 66 wounded. A security source said the blast was caused by a car bomb.

People at the scene said that in addition to the five confirmed dead, the charred remains of a body was found on Thursday evening. A security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the body was that of a suicide bomber.

The explosion occurred less than a week after former finance minister Mohamad Chatah, a critic of the Shi’ite Hezbollah militant group and its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was killed along with six others by a car bomb in Beirut.

Last summer, bombs exploded in southern Beirut and outside two Sunni Muslim mosques in the northern city of Tripoli, killing scores of people. Bombers also struck the embassy of Hezbollah’s Iranian backers in southern Beirut in November.

The violence has been fueled by sectarian tensions over the conflict in neighboring Syria, where Assad is fighting Sunni Muslim rebels battling to overthrow him. Assad is from the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ism.

Hezbollah has sent fighters to join Assad’s forces, while Lebanese Sunni Muslim fighters have supported the rebels.

The bomb struck just after 4 p.m. when the streets of southern Beirut’s Haaret Hreik district were packed with rush hour traffic. A Reuters Television cameraman said Hezbollah members fired into the air to disperse people, fearing possible subsequent explosions.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which was condemned by both sides of Lebanon’s sectarian divide. It was not clear if a specific person was targeted by the bomb.

Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour appealed for international support to curb the violence and cut off financial aid and other support for bombers.

“Everyone must work to curb the sources of terrorism. If not, this whirlpool will envelop everyone. Lebanon is suffering, others are suffering, everyone is suffering,” he told Al Arabiya Television.

FIGHTING IN TRIPOLI

Clashes broke out in Tripoli on Thursday evening between Lebanese militias who support opposing sides of the Syrian war, a regular occurrence following such bombing in the small Mediterranean country.

A women from the Alawite Jebel Mohsen neighborhood was killed by sniper fire from militants in the Sunni district of Bab al-Tabbaneh, her family said. A further five people were wounded in street battles which included gunfire and explosions, residents said.

“(Terrorism) is being directed towards all people. It is being directed to create sectarian strife among Lebanese,” the health minister told reporters.

Reuters/ Agencies

  • cook

    Crocodile tears?

    • Reasonableman

      Something you and the criminals you support know much about cookie.
      Atleast the jews arnt hiding in a cloak and admit to taking land and wanting to call it “israhell”.
      Unlike HA who are still hiding under the cloak of lebanon but don’t have the guts to call it “little iran” due to the regional conflict it will stir which will lead to the parties ouster.
      I think jews and hezballah are a good couple both have alot in common.

      • doron

        we are not HA and never befriend them.
        i think the day is not far when they will get stuck between a sunni wave and IDF.
        when it happens they are F’d

        • Reasonableman

          I didn’t state you were HA or friends with them even though my anger at both parties makes it look asif i said that.
          Just stating that the possibilities of a future togther are good, since both parties shadow eachother in occupying land. Except i have more respect for IDF atleast they can admit it unlike HA who duck and hide and point fingers because they are gutless to be on the recieving end of reality.
          They are already F’d, when it happens they are history.

          • doron

            israel and HA are like oil and water and glad we got that out of the way..

            please do not pay attention to cook2half’s comments here.i’m not even sure he is an israeli. he is dancing on the grave of innocent civilians that died for nothing, perhaps he is just a kidd.

            i believe occuping s.Lebanon was historic terrible mistake. our fight was with PLO not lebanon. got greedy and got burned bad.
            you could say it was a lesson in ME 101 to us:
            never think too much of yourself and conetrate on watching your back

            i hope lebanon will be out of this crisis cause a civil war in lebanon is good for no one.
            and first thing you should do is forming a god d@mmn goverment

          • 5thDrawer

            I think you can say ‘goddam’ … although some might agree what there is already was … in which case, goddamed.

      • Jewy McJew

        You speak as if Arabs never stole anything from Jews. Israel is a multi-cultural society, with over a million Arabs serving in ever facet of society. The Arab world on the other hand is 99% Jew-free. There was once a million Jews walking around, they are all gone and their land taken away for a few cents on the dollar.

        And if any Christians are around, your next. But even if the Arab world is 99% Christian free, they will still find away to blame you just as they blame us.

        • Reasonableman

          Your a stirer, be more specific. Who is blaming the jews for everything (i.e war in the region) the arabs? Or The Iranians? Please stop associating HA with arabs.

          If in the past arabs stole or blamed jews for anything do you think its right to do the same? Not all jews are greedy and not all jews are zionists.

          • doron

            A. till 2010 most israelis didnt even know there is difference between shiats and sunnies.you were all arabs to us

            b.Not all jews are greedy . i didnt still anything. my grandfather’s family was deported from iraq and forced to leave all their wealth behind
            they came as refugies to another part of mideast with 1 suitecase per person and everything we have here is due to hard work.

          • 5thDrawer

            I’d agree in the sense that everyone is similar in the way opinions are formed.
            The actions of the stupid and a radical few always lead to thinking ‘Those people’ are all the same. No matter who they are. All Arabs … all Israelis … all Chinese … all blacks, all whites … all westerners (who are a blend of all of the pervious).
            For sure all the Middle Easterners who can’t stop killing each other must be terrorists, right?? :-)))

            It’s not ‘racisim’, but perception of actions – over time – mostly by ‘governments’ which don’t represent the general populace – determining the general view.
            I mean, really, Are all Irish really bending over backward with a whiskey in hand to kiss an ancient stone with the name ‘Blarney’??

            Oh … they are?? :-O
            (better have that first single-malt of the day … oocchhh aye.)

          • Reasonableman

            Earning from the feet up… respect that

          • Hind Abyad

            That was in retaliation for homes and properties taken fom the Palestinians in 1948, the case was studied by experts in Israel, for demanding compensations from the Arab countries Jews homes and lands, finaly it was abandonned,
            Because the price Israel have to pay was for a whole country.
            They got i for free.

          • doron

            free you say?what a nice word to describe everything we ever had .but yet,when it comes to you,jewish sufferings are easy to overlook

  • cook2half

    Crocodile tears?

    • Reasonableman

      Something you and the criminals you support know much about cookie.
      Atleast the jews arnt hiding in a cloak and admit to taking land and wanting to call it “israhell”.
      Unlike HA who are still hiding under the cloak of lebanon but don’t have the guts to call it “little iran” due to the regional conflict it will stir which will lead to the parties ouster.
      I think jews and hezballah are a good couple both have alot in common.

      • doron

        we are not HA and never befriend them.
        i think the day is not far when they will get stuck between a sunni wave and IDF.
        when it happens they are F’d

        • Reasonableman

          I didn’t state you were HA or friends with them even though my anger at both parties makes it look asif i said that.
          Just stating that the possibilities of a future togther are good, since both parties shadow eachother in occupying land. Except i have more respect for IDF atleast they can admit it unlike HA who duck and hide and point fingers because they are gutless to be on the recieving end of reality.
          They are already F’d, when it happens they are history.

          • doron

            israel and HA are like oil and water and glad we got that out of the way..

            please do not pay attention to cook2half’s comments here.i’m not even sure he is an israeli. he is dancing on the grave of innocent civilians that died for nothing, perhaps he is just a kidd.

            i believe occuping s.Lebanon was historic terrible mistake. our fight was with PLO not lebanon. got greedy and got burned bad.
            you could say it was a lesson in ME 101 to us:
            never think too much of yourself and conetrate on watching your back

            i hope lebanon will be out of this crisis cause a civil war in lebanon is good for no one.
            and first thing you should do is forming a god d@mmn goverment

          • 5thDrawer

            I think you can say ‘goddam’ …

      • Jewy McJew

        You speak as if Arabs never stole anything from Jews. Israel is a multi-cultural society, with over a million Arabs serving in ever facet of society. The Arab world on the other hand is 99% Jew-free. There was once a million Jews walking around, they are all gone and their land taken away for a few cents on the dollar.

        And if any Christians are around, your next. But even if the Arab world is 99% Christian free, they will still find away to blame you just as they blame us.

        • Reasonableman

          Your a stirer, be more specific. Who is blaming the jews for everything (i.e war in the region) the arabs? Or The Iranians? Please stop associating HA with arabs.

          If in the past arabs stole or blamed jews for anything do you think its right to do the same? Not all jews are greedy and not all jews are zionists.

          • doron

            A. till 2010 most israelis didnt even know there is difference between shiats and sunnies.you were all arabs to us

            b.Not all jews are greedy . i didnt still anything. my grandfather’s family was deported from iraq and forced to leave all their wealth behind
            they came as refugies to another part of mideast with 1 suitecase per person and everything we have here is due to hard work.

          • 5thDrawer

            I’d agree in the sense that everyone is similar in the way opinions are formed.
            The actions of the stupid and a radical few always lead to thinking ‘Those people’ are all the same. No matter who they are. All Arabs … all Israelis … all Chinese … all blacks, all whites … all westerners (who are all of the pervious).
            For sure all the Middle Easterners who can’t stop killing each other must be terrorists, right?? :-)))

            It’s not ‘racisim’, but perception of actions – over time – mostly by ‘governments’ which don’t represent the general populace – determining the general view.
            I mean, really, Are all Irish really bending over backward with a whiskey in hand to kiss an ancient stone called ‘Blarney’??

            Oh … they are?? :-O
            (better have that first single-malt of the day … oocchhh aye.)

          • Reasonableman

            Eatning from the feet up… respect that

          • Hind Abyad

            That was in retaliation for homes and properties taken fom the Palestinians in 1948, the case was studied by experts in Israel, for demanding compensations from the Arab countries Jews homes and lands, finaly it was abandonned,
            Because the price Israel have to pay was for a whole country.
            They got i for free.

          • doron

            free you say?what a nice word to describe everything we ever had .but yet,when it comes to you,jewish sufferings are easy to overlook

  • GrapeLeaves

    Bombs solve nothing.

  • GrapeLeaves

    Bombs solve nothing.