August 15, 2013 – 3:40 pm
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon today condemned the car bombing that killed at least twenty dead and two hundred wounded in Beirut, one of the bastions of the Shiite movement Hezbollah in the Lebanese capital.
“Such acts of violence are totally unacceptable and only reinforce the international community’s determination to continue supporting security and stability in Lebanon,” said the office of the UN spokesman in a statement.
After calling the Lebanese to support the institutions and remain “united” in the moment “tense”, Ban hoped that those responsible are brought to justice “as soon as possible” and extended condolences to the families of the victims.
At least 20 people were killed and 200 injured in an attack with a car bomb in a Rouweiss neighborhood in southern Beirut, considered a stronghold of Hezbollah, in an attack claimed by an unknown group.
The attack was condemned unanimously by all Lebanese leaders, including President Michel Suleiman, who called in a statement that act of “cowardly, because it sends a message with the blood of innocents.”
According to Suleiman, the attack, which “affects all of Lebanon” has “the footsteps of Israel who want to undermine the stability and resistance of the Lebanese people, especially on the seventh anniversary of the end of war” of 2006.
Lebanon accuses Israeli soldiers of violating the “blue line” drawn by the UN after the Israeli withdrawal in 2000, after 22 years of occupation of part of southern Lebanese territory, and have filed a complaint with the Security Council UN. EFE