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Lebanon apprehends another suspect in Iran Embassy attack
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Azzam99.jpgLebanese security forces have reportedly handed over another suspect of the late-November attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut to the military officials. 
According to Al-Alam, authorities in the General Directorate of State Security have handed over the suspect, a Palestinian, to Lebanon’s National Military Tribunal. 
The report further confirmed that the suspect has been apprehended in connection to the twin suicide bombing on Iranian Embassy on November 19. 
The attack killed 30 people including an Iranian diplomat.
Meanwhile, the al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, whose leader Majid al-Majid died earlier this month, vowed Tuesday to keep up its attacks against Iran, Hezbollah, AFP reported. 
The Saudi-born Majid, which claimed responsibility for a November attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut that killed at least 23 people, died after his arrest by Lebanese authorities.
"His project will continue, God willing, in striking Iran, its party (Hezbollah) and the aggressor Jews (Israel), and in defending oppressed Sunnis everywhere," the group said in an online statement.
The statement also lashed out against Lebanon for "arbitrarily detaining" Islamists, and said Lebanese military intelligence was under the control of "Iran's party," a reference to Hezbollah.
Last month, the Lebanese Army apprehended the head of the Abdallah Azzam Brigades, Majid, who later died while at a military hospital in Beirut. The party had claimed responsibility for an attack on the Iranian Embassy.
In the statement, the party said Majid “personally oversaw the two bombings against the Iranian Embassy in Beirut last November and he directly supervised preparations and the execution.”
Majid was wanted by the U.S., Lebanon and Saudi Arabia among other Arab states for allegedly carrying out terrorist attacks there.
Lebanon repatriated Majid’s remains to Saudi Arabia last week.
The brigades also said that Majid, who reportedly suffered kidney problems, entered Lebanon on Dec. 4 for treatment and had been in a coma ever since.
Iran’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said earlier this week during his visit to Beirut that Tehran will soon send a delegation to Lebanon to probe Majid’s case.
He also said that regional countries should exert joint efforts to combat the rising phenomenon of terrorism in the Middle East, noting that good ties between Riyadh and Tehran were needed for regional stability.

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