[P]GCC condemns Beirut bombing
“This criminal and disgraceful act is an attack on Lebanon’s security and stability,” the council’s Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement released late on Friday.
Zayani offered condolences to the families of the dead, urging Lebanese factions “not to give room to vandals, advocates of sedition and terrorists.”
The bombing in Beirut’s southern Shia neighborhood of Zahiya killed 24 civilians and injured scores of others. Many countries and international organizations have condemned the bombing.
Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has blamed Israeli-backed Takfiri militant groups for the blast.
Addressing thousands of Hezbollah supporters on the occasion of the end of the group’s 33-day 2006 war with Israel in the southern village of Aita al-Shaab, Nasrallah said on Friday that according to investigations carried out by the resistance movement, Takfiri groups are behind the recent deadly attacks in Lebanon.
He added that those carrying out the attacks were not Israeli spies, but stressed that it is clear that US and Israeli intelligence agencies have infiltrated into these Takfiri groups and are using them to achieve their own goals.
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