At least 21 people were killed and 200 injured in a massive car explosion which hit the Shia-populated Zahiyeh area between Bir el-Abed and Roueiss neighborhoods in Beirut on Thursday. The area is a stronghold of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah."Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has warned against plots by the Tel Aviv regime and bullying Western powers to create divisions among the Muslim nations. “Muslims should not allow the occupying regime [of Israel] and other enemies of Islam to create discord and rifts in the Muslim world to serve their own interests,” Larijani said on Thursday. Condemning the recent blast in Beirut, Larijani further described the anti-Israeli resistance movement Hezbollah as a strong power and major asset to the world of Islam. At least 21 people were killed and 200 injured in a massive car explosion which hit the Shia-populated Zahiyeh area between Bir el-Abed and Roueiss neighborhoods in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Thursday. The area is a stronghold of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah. Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi also on Thursday strongly condemned the terrorist bomb blast and said the resilient Lebanese people, particularly the Islamic resistance, will definitely thwart the wicked plot by the Zionists and their allies to destabilize Lebanon and provoke divisions among its ethnic groups. Larijani further cited the recent killing of the Egyptian people as a clear example of the plots aimed at creating rifts in the Islamic Ummah. “The massacre of [the Egyptian] people has inflicted irreparable damage on Egypt which has a high position in the Muslim world, and this has fueled concerns about the Egyptian people and the country,” he added, urging the Egyptian intellectuals and political elite to engage in dialog.
“The global hegemony does not seek to resolve the Egyptian problem, and negotiations are the only solution to the problems which have emerged in this important country.”Egypt was the scene of a deadly crackdown on protesters on Wednesday who demanded the reinstatement of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Egyptian security forces moved in to clear out thousands of supporters of the ousted president from two camps - one near the Rabaah al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City and a smaller one in Nahda Square in Giza. Egypt’s Health Ministry said on Thursday that 638 people were killed and 4,200 others injured in the crackdown. The interim Egyptian government imposed a month-long state of emergency on Wednesday in the wake of the sweeping unrest across the country. Tension has intensified in Egypt since July 3, when the Egyptian army removed Morsi from office. The army also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament. Egyptian authorities say the interim government forces will stand firm against any more protests. The Muslim Brotherhood, meanwhile, say they will continue with protests until they “bring down this military coup.” SF/NN/HMV