PLO condemns 'terrorist' bombing in south Beirut
Published Saturday 04/01/2014 (updated) 05/01/2014 16:20
Scene from the bombing in Beirut (MaanImages/file)
BEIRUT (Ma'an) -- The Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon on Friday strongly condemned the "terrorist" bombing in southern Beirut that took place the day before.
The PLO office in Beirut expressed regret in a statement at the large loss of life and the many injuries sustained by "innocent civilians" as a result of the attack, which killed four and wounded 77 people in the busy neighborhood of Haret Hreik in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital on Thursday.
The statement said that it considered the bombing "dangerous and suspicious, and coming within the context of terrorism that is moving from one region to the next in order to ignite the embers of religious sectarianism."
"This dangerous and cowardly terrorist act targets all of Lebanon and all of the Lebanese, from different denominations and sects and political affiliations," the statement said, adding that the "Zionist entity" stands to benefit the most from such acts of terror.
"Everything that has happened in Lebanon in recent times shows clear goals to destabilize and hit the security, stability and civil peace in Lebanon."
The PLO expressed its "full solidarity with the brotherly Lebanese people," adding that it "was and will remain at the same distance from all the political parties in Lebanon," and that "its policy of stable and well-established positive neutrality for the welfare and interests of the two brotherly peoples of the Lebanese and Palestinian peoples," would remain intact, despite the attack.
The bombing of Haret Hreik came only days after a former Lebanese minister was killed in a bombing in central Beirut.
Southern Beirut has been hit by a number of large bombings in the past year, killing dozens of civilians in the predominantly Shi'ite neighborhood.
Previous attacks have been claimed by Wahhabi militants aligned with rebels fighting in Syria. They are seen to be striking at the area because it is identified with the Lebanese organization Hezbollah, which supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.