Azzam Brigades to Hizbullah: You Won't Enjoy Safety until Security Returns to Syria, Lebanon Peopleإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The Qaida-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades on Tuesday warned Hizbullah that its strongholds in Lebanon will not know safety if the party does not end its military intervention in neighboring Syria.
“The targeting of your agent (General Security chief Abbas) Ibrahim and the (attacks) you witnessed in your Dahieh (region) only confirm that you will not enjoy safety until security returns to the people of Syria and Lebanon,” Sirajeddine Zureiqat, a fugitive Lebanese cleric who has been described as AAB's spokesman, said on his Twitter account.
Zureiqat described his tweets as “comments on the latest incidents in Lebanon.”
His remarks come one day after a suicide car bombing occurred near an army checkpoint and a packed cafe in the Tayyouneh area on the peripheries of Dahieh, a Hizbullah bastion, killing one person and wounding 20 others.
Monday's attack was the second in four days. On Friday, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged car at a security checkpoint in the Bekaa area of Dahr al-Baydar, killing one person and wounding several others.
Maj. Gen. Ibrahim's convoy was only 200 meters away from the blast, but it is still not clear if he was the target of the attack.
“The Iranian party (Hizbullah) ignores the fact that its aggression against the Sunni community in Syria and Lebanon has antagonized the Sunni community,” Zureiqat said.
“But we tell the Iranian party: Your battle is not only with us anymore but rather with the Sunni community in Syria and Lebanon,” he added.
Referring to the latest attacks, Zureiqat noted that Sunnis in Syria and Lebanon are seeking to “strike” Hizbullah, which “has brought this upon itself through its adventures in Syria.”
“The latest bombings are clear evidence that your war is not against takfiri organizations as you claim, as the majority of Sunnis have started defending themselves with their own means,” the fugitive cleric added.
Zureiqat had announced Abdullah Azzam Brigades' responsibility for the twin bombing that rocked the Iranian embassy in Beirut on November 19, 2013.
Hizbullah's strongholds in Beirut's southern suburbs and the Bekaa have been recently targeted by around 10 deadly bombings, which were claimed by Sunni extremist groups who blamed the party for sending thousands of fighters into Syria to support President Bashar Assad's regime against rebels seeking to oust him.