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Amnesty International condemns Daesh terrorist attack in Beirut

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Lebanese municipality workers clear debris from the site of a twin bombing attack in the area of Borj al-Barajneh in Beirut's southern suburb on November 13, 2015. (AFP)

The Amnesty International has censured the recent deadly terrorist attack that claimed the lives of over 40 people in Lebanon, saying it revealed “appalling disregard for human life.”

The international organization said in a statement issued on Friday that the attack also underlined the escalating risk of “contagion” of terrorist activities from the years-long Syrian conflict.

“This was a gruesome and unjustifiable suicide attack in a populated civilian area. Until all sides responsible for the countless war crimes and crimes against humanity in the conflict in neighboring Syria are brought to account, the violence will continue to pose a menace beyond Syria’s borders,” said Philip Luther, the director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at the Amnesty International.

On Thursday, 43 people were killed and nearly 240 people sustained injuries when two large explosions, claimed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, rocked a security post in Hussaineya Street in the crowded Borj al-Barajneh neighborhood in a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut.

The rights watchdog further called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to refer the situation in the war-torn Syria to the International Criminal Court so that all suspected war crimes and crimes against humanity can be investigated.

A relative of Samer Huhu, who was killed in a twin bombing attack that rocked a busy shopping street in the area of Borj al-Barajneh, waves his portrait as she mourns during his funeral in the southern suburb of the capital Beirut on November 13, 2015. (AFP)

The UNSC has strongly condemned the terrorist attack and noted that perpetrators for the crime should face justice, affirming its “strong support for the stability, territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon slammed the attack on Thursday and branded it a “despicable act.”

The tragic attack was the biggest attack ever claimed by the terror group in Lebanon and the explosions were among the deadliest blasts to hit the country since the end of the Lebanese civil war in 1990.

Daesh Takfiris have committed gruesome crimes and terrorized members of various communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians during their onslaught in Iraq and Syria.


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