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bir hassan bombings 4The Syrian Interior Ministry announced in a statement on Friday that it is ready to cooperate with the Lebanese authorities on counter-terrorism measures.

“The Ministry is ready to cooperate with the Lebanese Interior Ministry on counter-terrorism measures, as well as on pursuing terrorists and intercepting criminal tools used in targeting the stability of Lebanon and Syria,” the statement issued on Syria’s state news agency SANA said.

“The Ministry is also ready to offer all that is possible to thwart the terrorist attacks that target the security of the brotherly Syrian and Lebanese people.” The statement added

The Syrian regime always refers to the rebels as terrorists

The statement by the regime comes two days after two suicide bombers blew up their cars near an Iranian cultural center in the Hezbollah stronghold of Bir Hassan, south of the capital Beirut killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens including children in an orphanage, in the latest attack targeting Shiite areas in Lebanon.

An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for the bombings, saying they were in retaliation for Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian war alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces. The Shiite militant organization is backed by Iran.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades said on its Twitter account that the “invasion of the Iranian cultural center” was in “retaliation for Iran’s party fighting along the criminal regime in Syria.”

It was referring to Hezbollah, which has been a staunch ally of Assad’s government. Hezbollah’s fighters have been instrumental in helping dislodge Syrian rebels from areas near the border with Lebanon.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades said the attacks in Lebanon will continue until Hezbollah fighters withdraw from Syria and scores of detainees are released from Lebanese jails. It said Hezbollah will not “enjoy security in Lebanon until the people of Syria feel secure.”

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