Wednesday, November 20, 2013

'Beirut blast Zionist plot against Iran'

At least 25 people were killed and more than 150
injured in two explosions near the Iranian
Embassy in Beirut on November 19, 2013.
'Beirut blast Zionist plot against Iran'
Nov 20, 2013 | Press TV


Iran’s Foreign Ministry denounces twin terrorist blasts outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, saying the move has been plotted and executed by the Zionist agents.

“Such measures will only increase the growing isolation of the Zionists, and extremist and terrorist groups among nations and regional and international public opinion,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The two blasts outside Iran's diplomatic mission in the southern neighborhood of Janah in Beirut left at least 25 people dead, including six Iranian nationals, on Tuesday.

Reports say over 150 others were also injured in the terrorist attacks. The death toll is expected to rise, as many of the wounded are in critical condition.

The statement described the bombings as a “heinous crime” and said the terrorist incident once again displayed the image of “violence and extremism” mainly supported by the Israeli regime and ignorant and narrow-minded governments.

“This is while they have no correct understanding of the Iranian and Lebanese nations… and their unyielding determination and do not pay attention to the fact that people of the world are exhausted by war, violence and extremism,” the statement added.

It stressed the importance of adopting a “swift and coordinated” measure by countries, international organizations and civil institutions in order to move toward a world free of violence and extremism in unison.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran…regards the proposal presented by President Hassan Rouhani to the 68th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly on a ‘World Against Violence and Extremism’ as an appropriate ground for countering such ineffective and illegal moves,” the ministry pointed out.

The Iranian president offered the proposal for a global campaign for a “World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE)” during his speech at the UN General Assembly session on September 24, saying there was no violent solution to crises around the world.

“We should accept and be able to open a new horizon in which peace will prevail over war, tolerance over violence, progress over bloodletting, justice over discrimination, prosperity over poverty, and freedom over despotism,” Rouhani had said.

The Iranian ministry reiterated its determination to support Lebanon’s stability and national unity and stressed the importance of strengthening unity and solidarity in the Muslim world to counter such terrorist moves.

According to Press TV sources, the first explosion took place when a bomber blew his explosives near the gate of the embassy, and the second blast happened just meters away when a car bomb went off.

An al-Qaeda-linked group, Abdullah Azzam Brigades, has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings.

Iran’s Embassy in Lebanon announced that Iranian Cultural Attaché to Beirut, Ebrahim Ansari, the wife of an Iranian diplomat and four security guards at the embassy were martyred in the terrorist attacks.

In a phone conversation with his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman on Tuesday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called for the immediate identification of the perpetrators behind the attack.

The Iranian president also condoled with Suleiman and the Lebanese nation over the deaths and injuries of a number of people in the bombings.

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