Lebanese officials condemn the Hermel explosion


Several Lebanese officials condemned the deadly car bombing that rocked the north eastern Beqaa town of Hermel near the Syrian border which left four people dead and at least 28 injured in the second such explosion in two weeks to hit this Hezbollah stronghold.

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati who is currently in Germany said : “Once again treacherous hands have targeted a Lebanese region… before such a great loss, we cannot but renew our calls for unity to protect our country and preserve our families.”

Mikati asked the Lebanese Armed Forces to take necessary measures in the border regions with Syria.

PM-designate Tammam Salam described the bombing as a cowardly act:

“This cowardly terrorist act must be a motivation for factions to adopt a united stand and block the road in front of sedition and to support the army and the security forces.” He said

He called on the Lebanese people to “rally around the army and security forces which do not spare any effort in searching for the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.”

Former president Amine Gemayel said :

“We have to assume our responsibilities and what security bodies have achieved in uncovering perpetrators shows their capabilities.”

PSP leader MP Walid Jumblatt said God knows what is next ;

“This is the second bombing in 2 weeks in Hermel . We all know this is related to the Syrian civil war and God knows what is coming next ”. He stressed that “condemnations are no longer sufficient.”

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel described the security situation as “unstable and getting worse every day.”

March 14 forces also denounced the “crime that hit the city of Hermel.”

“The March 14 General Secretariat reiterates its demand, which it has been calling for since the beginning of the Syrian revolution, to deploy the LAF along the border with Syria assisted by UN forces.”

Caretaker Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil underscored: “We are in an open war with terrorism and condemning it is no longer enough.”

Khalil added that what is required is stopping anyone who is helping expand this phenomenon.

The leader of the Lebanese Option Party Ahmad al-Asaad blamed Hezbollah ‘s involvement in Syrian civil war for the deadly car bombing .

The Shiite leader who offered his condolences to the relatives of the victims wrote in a twitter message on Saturday following the Hermel explosion:

“This is another example of innocent Shiite people killed as a result of Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian civil war”.