President Michel Suleiman stressed on Thursday that the same terrorists that carried out the blast in the Beirut neighborhood of Haret Hreik earlier in the day, are the ones planting terrorism, killing and destructing all Lebanese regions.
Suleiman’s comments came shortly after a deadly explosion hit Beirut’s Dahieh neighborhood, killing at least 4 people and wounding over 70 others.
The explosion took place near al-Manar television’s old building on al-Arid Street in Haret Hreik, hundreds of meters away from the headquarters of Hizbullah’s political bureau.
Suleiman stressed on the importance of solidarity and of being aware of the dangers threatening Lebanon.
“Dialogue is also important between political leaders to protect the country against conspiracies aiming at shaking its stability,” he added.
The president held talks with concerned security officials to receive the latest information of the ongoing probe in the incident, urging them to intensify their investigation and unveil those that planned and executed the bombing and refer them to courts for trial.
Speaker Nabih Berri also considered that those behind Thursday’s blast are the same group that executed the assassination of former Finance Minister Mohammed Shatah on Friday, and that planted bombs in the northern city of Tripoli.
As well, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed in a released statements that terrorism does not differentiate between different Lebanese groups.
“Terrorists do not want stability in the country, they instead plan and execute a despicable plot that aims at promoting sedition,” Miqati said.
He called on Lebanese factions to “be wise, overcome political considerations and draw an end to approaches of unilateral decision-making and exclusion.”
Miqati warned that tension that is spread in several Lebanese regions indicates that what is worst is coming.
“We should meet and communicate to find a way out of the current dangerous deadlock to protect Lebanon from evil and from dangers.”
PM-designate Tammam Salam also deplored the blast, calling for strengthening common grounds between the Lebanese people.
The blast came less than a week after a car bombing targeted Beirut’s central district on Friday, killing former Finance Minister Mohammed Shatah and seven others.
A twin suicide bombing hit the Iranian embassy in south Beirut on November 19, killing 25 people.
In the summer, the southern suburbs suffered two bomb attacks. One, on August 15, killed 27 people. A blast earlier in August had caused no fatalities but wounded some 50 people.