Hezbollah is the party to blame for the infiltration of terrorism into Lebanon, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said in an article published Sunday, as he reiterated his condemnation of Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syrian crisis.
“No matter what excuses Hezbollah uses to justify its mission [in Syria], fingers will always be pointed [at Hezbollah] for its responsibility in allowing the infiltration of terrorism and suicide bombings [into Lebanon],” Hariri wrote in an article published in Al-Mustaqbal daily.
“The party persists on its erroneous behavior and dismisses everything the president declared in his [Independence Day] message, declaring to the Lebanese that the response will be in Syria,” the article read.
“Is not such persistence a suicidal policy and a public invitation for terrorism to come to [our] country?”
President Michel Sleiman explicitly slammed Hezbollah in his Independence Day message for fighting alongside the Assad regime troops in Syria against Syrian rebels and reiterated his call for disassociating Lebanon from the crisis in the neighboring country.
Hariri also said the results of the DNA tests that revealed that one of the suicide bombers involved in the attack against the Iranian Embassy in Beirut this week was from the southern city of Sidon indicate the nature of the real dangers threatening Lebanon.
“For one of the suicide bombers ... to be a young Lebanese from Sidon and from a family known for its moderation and its work in service of the city and the entire south doubles the pain that the Lebanese feel over this terrorist attack and reveals the dangers and divisions threatening both the Lebanese and Muslim communities,” he said.
Hariri added that these threats are increasing as the rift between the Lebanese and between Muslims is widening due to many factors, particularly the “policy of bullying and the military involvement of Hezbollah in the Syrian war.”
Lebanon identified Saturday a Lebanese and a Palestinian with links to Sidon-based Islamist preacher and outlaw Ahmad al-Assir as the two suicide bombers involved in the deadly attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut Tuesday.
The breakthrough in the probe of the Nov. 19 attack came after DNA samples from the father of wanted Mouin Abu Dahr, a Lebanese from the southern city of Sidon, matched those taken during the course of the investigation.
The father of wanted Adnan Mousa Mohammad, a Palestinian from a south Lebanon refugee camp, was also summoned Saturday and his DNA samples confirmed his son as the second bomber.
Two seperate Army statements issued late Saturday confirmed that the bodies were those of Abu Dahr and Mohammad.
Meanwhile, Speaker Nabih Berri told An-Nahar daily’s website Sunday that he was shocked to learn that one of the suicide bombers hailed from Sidon.
“South Lebanon has never in its history produced this sort of young men,” Berri said.
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