Lebanon holds day of mourning after deadly blasts

August 24, 2013 | By | Reply More

Aug 24, – Following Friday’s twin explosions in Lebanon’s Tripoli, the government has declared a day of mourning. The blasts that hit two Sunni mosques in the Lebanese city and killed at least 45 people, have been strongly condemned.

hromedia Lebanon holds day of mourning after deadly blasts arab uprising2Both explosions happened as worshippers were leaving weekly Muslim prayers on Friday. The first blast struck in the center of the predominantly Sunni Muslim city, while the second hit near the city’s port.

At least 45 people were killed, according to the official Lebanese news agency, and around 800 people were wounded, according to Interior Minister Marwan Charbel.

Shops and businesses remained shut in Tripoli on Saturday, as a day of national mourning was being observed. Black ribbons were hung across buildings in areas near the blast sites.

The UN Security Council condemned the “terrorist attacks” and “stressed the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Lebanon’s policy of disassociation and to refrain from any involvement in the Syrian crisis.”

The US, the EU and Iran also condemned the blasts.

The explosions came roughly a week after a car bomb in southern Beirut claimed the lives of at least 24 people and injured more than 200. The latest blasts have exacerbated fears that Syria’s civil war could engulf Lebanon, where clashes have already erupted between supporters and opponents of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

The Shiite-militant group, Hezbollah, in particular, has drawn both regional and international criticism for its involvement in combat alongside the Syrian military across the border.

Press journalist for HROmedia – Khizer Hayat contributed to this report.

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