Lebanon condemns ‘terrorist’ bombings in Syria

Filed on December 23, 2011

BEIRUT - Lebanese President Michel Sleiman condemned as “terrorist attacks” twin suicide bombings that targeted security service buildings in Damascus on Friday, killing more than 30 people.

“President Sleiman conveyed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad his condemnation of the terrorist attacks today,” read a statement released by Sleiman’s office.

“The timing of the attacks, which coincides with the arrival of the first monitors to Syria, aims to disrupt the Arab solution agreed upon by Syria and the Arab League.”

An Arab League advance team arrived in Syria Thursday to oversee a plan to end nine months of bloodshed in Syria, where the Assad regime has cracked down with increasing violence on anti-government protesters.

Syrian officials blamed Friday’s bombings on Al-Qaeda and put the death toll at more than 30, with more than 100 wounded.

The attacks were the first of their kind against the powerful security services in the heart of the capital since unprecedented protests against Assad’s regime erupted in mid-March.

One bombing targeted the General Security Directorate, Syria’s most important plainclothes security service, in the Kfar Suseh neighbourhood of Damascus.

The second exploded outside a nearby military intelligence building.

Lebanon’s political scene is bitterly divided between pro- and anti-Assad camps, and former army commander Sleiman has widely been seen as a neutral figure.

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