The Lebanese government has condemned those who carried a bomb blast in Hezbollah-controlled suburb of Beirut. More than 50 people were injured in the explosion in Bir al-Abed.
The bomb ripped through a car park in a tightly-guarded area where Hezbollah has offices and many of its officials live.
Lebanon’s Interior Minister Marwan Charbel visited the devastated area and told journalists: “Of course, what they’re trying to do is create sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shiites, but I can assure you that neither Sunnis nor Shiites will be dragged into a full-scale conflict no matter what happens.”
Hezbollah MP Ali Ammar directly pointed the finger at Israel for carrying out the attack. The Israeli government vehemently denied the accusation.
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Hezbollah should look at its own actions: “The Syrian civil war has long spilled over into Lebanon as a result of Hezbollah involvement in the Syrian conflict. We’re not involved in this and we’re not intervening in it.”
Hezbollah has sent fighters to Syria to support the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.