Graffiti of the Lebanese flag

Graffiti of the Lebanese flag. Photograph by Bilal Kamoon

Syria, Iran, Hizbullah and Israel are all suspects in the death of Lebanon’s chief intelligence chief Wissam Al Hassan, who was killed in a bomb explosion, which claimed the lives of eight people and wounded around 80 people, in Beirut yesterday [Oct 20].

Joyce Karam sums up the mood after the explosion:

@Joyce_Karam: Undoubtedly this is the worse day in #Lebanon since 14 Feb 2005 and 2006 war. Given regional + internal fragility,things can turn ugly.

She adds:

@Joyce_Karam: If there is any right time for a national unity government for #Lebanon, it is now. Highest risk for instability since 2005.

But as the tension in Lebanon rises, so do the fingers pointing the blame at – almost everyone.

Nervana blogs:

When it comes to the Middle East, the lack of transparency and accountability make it difficult to stay calm and rational and draw reasonable conclusions. In fact, political assassination in my part of the world is the fastest, easy way to settle the score and to create a foggy environment where the truth is deemed impossible to find. Nonetheless, I find it amusing that those whom in the past accused Al-Hassan of being an Israeli agent are now accusing Israel of standing behind his murder.

She then discusses possible scenarios of who could have pulled the assassination – and why.

Yesim Comert shares this photograph of an empty Beirut street on Twitter. She writes:


@yesimcf: The beautiful streets of #Beirut are empty today after yesterday’s car bomb explosion #Lebanon

Patrick Baz adds:

@Patrick_Baz: #Beirut looks like a deserted city. Shame that Lebanese are divided as much as in the 80s it seems that nothing has changed since #Lebanon

Still on Twitter, the Prime Minister of Lebanon Najib Mikati mourns General Hassan. He writes:

@Najib_Mikati: General Wisam Hassan# a big loss to #Lebanon and myself he was a special & wise person. I ask God to rest his good soul in peace. N.M.

In another tweet, he announces:

@Najib_Mikati: My #resignation on #hold for the sake of Lebanon’s stability. #Chaos is not an option for me! National Unity# a must 4 Lebanon’s interest!

Tom Gara is not holding his breath:

@tomgara: A new civil war in Lebanon is like the death of Hosni Mubarak, everyone is constantly certain it’s about to happen and it never does.

And Lebanese Kam shares a positive note:

@kamtweeting: Here’s to my country, Lebanon, a land that never sleeps, a beacon of hope & peace. Tonight, tears are shed, & tomorrow…a better dream.

This Facebook page [Warning: graphic photographs] contains a selection of photographs from the bomb and its aftermath.

Written by Amira Al Hussaini



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