RIYADH: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has condemned the car bombing that ripped through a stronghold of Lebanon’s Shia movement Hezbollah in Beirut, killing at least 22 people.
“This criminal and disgraceful act is an attack on Lebanon’s security and stability,” GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al Zayani said in a statement late on Friday.
The bombing at the heart of the densely populated Shia southern suburbs of Beirut also targets “Lebanon’s peaceful cohabitation, through sowing sedition” among its various confessions, he said.
The GCC, which comprises Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, imposed sanctions on Hezbollah in June over its military support for the Syrian regime against the mainly-Sunni rebels.
Al Zayani also urged the Lebanese factions “not to give room to vandals, advocates of sedition and terrorists.”