Turkey has condemned the recent bomb attack in a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, which led to the death of over 20 people.“We strongly condemn the attack that took place in Beirut leaving several killed and injured, ” said the Turkish Foreign Ministry in a statement on Thursday. More than 20 people died and 200 others were injured in a powerful car bomb explosion that rocked the Zahiyeh suburb, between Bir el - Abed and Rweiss neighborhoods, south of Beirut, on Thursday. The explosion took place in an area where the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has a huge following. Some 60 kilograms of TNT were reportedly used in the car bombing. The Turkish Foreign Ministry also offered condolences to the Lebanese nation and the families of the victims, saying Ankara “hopes that the perpetrators of this heinous attack will be identified and brought to justice as soon as possible. ”
“We fully believe that the Lebanese people will react with sense without falling for provocations or allowing social harmony to be disrupted by this heinous attack targeting Lebanon’s security and stability, ” the statement read.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also condemned the deadly incident, stressing, “Such acts of violence are completely unacceptable.” In this regard, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman said the bombing “bears the fingerprints of terrorism and Israel, and is aimed to destabilize Lebanon and deal a blow to the resilience of the Lebanese.” The Lebanese government has declared Friday as a national day of mourning. A militant group operating in neighboring Syria calling itself the Brigades of Aiysha has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack.