jueves, 28 de febrero de 2013

ANTI-Syrian TENSION rise over DEADLY car BOMB in Lebanon

ANTI-Syrian TENSION rise over DEADLY car BOMB in Lebanon Tensions run high in Lebanon as the government declared an emergency meeting following a bomb attack that killed a top security official. Clashes and protests have been reported throughout the country amid opposition calls for the PM to resign. Riots and protests continued into Saturday as thousands of people across Lebanon voiced their ire at the car bomb blast in Beirut on Friday that eight and wounded over 100. Enraged citizens blocked roads with burning tires as a sign of their protest, while clashes in the city of Tripoli close to the southern Syrian border fueled fears the Syrian conflict is spilling over across the border. Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati offered to step down amidst the fallout of Friday's deadly attack, but President Michel Suleiman refused his resignation. "He asked that I stay in place because it is not a personal issue but one of the national interest," Mikati said. Lebanon's political opposition bloc, the March 14 Alliance, continue to hold the pro-Syrian government and its prime minister responsible for the Friday's attack, which killed intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan. The secretary-general of Lebanese opposition group Future Movement, Ahmad Hariri, said that the attack had been masterminded by embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Hariri also condemned Lebanon's current PM Najib Mikati to resign immediately, saying that "he is personally responsible for the blood of <b>...</b>
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