BEIRUT- Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah condemned Friday the recent car bombing in the southern suburb of Beirut, describing it as a “terrorist” act, and slammed some states for failing to speak out against it.
“We call for mercy for the souls of the martyrs of the terrorist explosion in the southern suburb of Beirut,” Nasrallah said, addressing a ceremony celebrating the seventh anniversary of Hezbollah’s victory over Israel in the July 2006 war.
He was referring to the Thursday car bombing in Ruwaiss, a neighborhood of the southern suburb of Beirut that killed at least 24 people and wounded almost 300.
“We appreciate the patience of the residents of the southern suburb and thank all who denounced [the attack] and voiced support with the residents,” he said.
“We denounce the silence by states that on a daily basis show they are backers of terrorism,” he added.
According to Lebanese Daily Star, Nasrallah accused Jihadists of being behind a series of security incidents targeting the resistance group in Lebanon, adding that the fighters were also likely behind this week’s deadly car bombing in the southern suburb of Beirut.
"Up to this point, it has been shown, according to available information, that [the people behind the recent car bombing in Beirut] belong to a certain Takfiri movement and their operators are known,” Nasrallah said.
"Some of them are Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians, unfortunately,” he said.
He warned that Hezbollah is ready to step up its military involvement in Syria in response to attacks targeting the group and its strongholds in Lebanon.
Nasrallah further warned Lebanese officials about the consequences of such incidents and said, “If these explosions persist, Lebanon would be on the brink and they [officials] should act responsibly.”
He urged Lebanon’s security agencies to boost coordination in order to break up such group.
He also called on politicians in the country not provide the groups with political cover, warning that the groups sought to throw Lebanon into another civil war.
Nasrallah rejected claims that the attacks only target Shias in lebanon and said, “Those who believe that this threat is directed towards a specific sect are mistaken. The decision was taken to destroy the country and there should be cooperation to avoid this.”
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