Lebanese protesters gathered outside the Saudi Embassy in Beirut on Saturday to condemn what they called the negative role of Saudi Arabia in the region.
Chanting slogans against the Saudi policies in the region, the protesters accused Riyadh of fueling unrest and sectarianism in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon, Al-Alam reported.
“We consider Saudi Arabia to be the number one exporter of terrorism in the Arab world, because it is funding all takfiri organizations that are killing our people from Tripoli to Beirut to Sidon,” a protester said.
The demonstrators say the Al Saud regime has been using its petrodollars to finance al-Qaeda-linked and takfiri groups with the sole aim of destabilizing the region.
The demonstrators also chanted slogans against Saudi spy chief Bandar bin Sultan, calling him a warlord.
Recently, Lebanon has witnessed a wave of deadly bombings claimed by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.
In the latest incident of fatal attacks, a car bomb went off in the border city of Hermel on Saturday. Four people died and over a dozen others were wounded in the bombing.
Wanted by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Iran, Saudi terrorist Majid al-Majid was the head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda-affiliated group which claimed responsibility for the Nov. 19 twin suicide bombings outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. The attack killed 25 people, including Iran’s cultural attaché.
UN condemns deadly bombing in Hermel
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council appealed to the Lebanese people to preserve national unity despite consistent attempts to undermine the country’s stability, in the wake of the deadly bombing in the northeastern city of Hermel that was claimed by an al-Qaeda-linked group.
According to The Daily Star, both the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council strongly condemned the “heinous” terrorist attack late Saturday in Hermel, a town where Hezbollah has a strong support base.
In a press statement issued in New York, the 15- member body said “the members of the Security Council underline the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
The Council members also reaffirmed the need to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations in accordance with the United Nations Charter and all obligations under international law.
A separate statement issued by Ban's spokesperson echoed the Council's condemnation as well as the body’s call for the “perpetrators of this crime and all other acts of terrorism” to be brought to justice.
“The recent escalation in acts of terrorism and violence in Lebanon is of grave concern,” said the statement.
It added that Ban reiterated his call on all Lebanese “to rally behind their State institutions, including the army and security forces, as the best means to confront such unacceptable and indiscriminate actions and to safeguard their country's security and stability.”
Security sources told The Daily Star Saturday the attack at a gas station in Hermel was the work of a suicide bomber. The blast killed four people, including the bomber, and wounded 23 others.
Lebanon has seen an increase in bombings where Hezbollah enjoys strong support, including in Hermel and the southern suburbs of Beirut.
Al-Qaeda linked groups have claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The bombing was claimed by the Nusra Front in Lebanon, which has also claimed two other attacks in Lebanon, citing Hezbollah’s military intervention in Syria.
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said the attack only benefited Israel.
“The attack is similar to other terrorist attacks against Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, the beneficiary of which one,” Zohbi told al-Mayadeen television channel.
“Although several terrorist groups from the same background are behind such blasts, the Israeli enemy is the first and last beneficiary of such bombings,” he said.
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