Suleiman Says Dahieh Blast Bears Hallmark of Terrorism, Israelإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
President Michel Suleiman stated on Thursday that the explosion in the southern suburb of Beirut “bears the hallmark of terrorism and Israel.”
"I condemn the terrorist Dahieh explosion that aims at shaking stability in the country and the Lebanese people's resistance,” Suleiman said in a released statement.
He added: “The explosion bears the hallmark of terrorism and Israel and it targeted civilians and innocents to deliver political messages.”
Beirut's explosion will not, however, change the principles and the values of the Lebanese, Suleiman noted.
"It must instead motivate political leaders and Lebanese citizens to stand united under the ceiling of the state,” he commented.
"The blast targets the entire nation and all the Lebanese people, not solely the southern suburb of Beirut.”
The president called on security, military and judicial bodies in the country to intensify their investigations and unveil the assailants behind the attack.
"We also demand strict monitoring of regions that are vulnerable to similar attacks and of the border.”
At least 14 people were killed and 212 others wounded in a car bombing that rocked Hizbullah's stronghold in Beirut's southern suburbs on Thursday afternoon.
The blast went off on the public road between Bir al-Abed and Ruwais, according to several television channels.