UN chief calls Lebanon PM after car bombing
UN: Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called Lebanese Prime
Minister Najib Mikati to express his "strong solidarity" with the
Lebanese people after a deadly car bombing in Beirut. "The
Secretary-General offered his deepest condolences for the loss of life,
and noted he had issued a strong statement on the attack," the UN said
in a statement.
The rush-hour bombing in Beirut on Friday killed at least eight
people -- including the intelligence chief of Lebanon's Internal
Security Forces, General Wissam al-Hassan -- and wounded scores more,
Lebanese officials said.
Ban "expressed strong solidarity with the people of Lebanon and
commended the prime minister, the government and the president for their
handling of the matter," the UN statement said.
On Friday, Ban and the UN Security Council condemned the attack, with
the council appealing for national unity and Ban urging "all Lebanese
parties not to be provoked by this heinous terrorist act."
Mikati, under intense political flak over the killing, said on
Saturday he would stay on after the president said it would be in the
Lebanon's opposition on Saturday called for a massive anti-Syria
mobilization for Sunday's funeral of Hassan, a prominent figure opposed
to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Many have blamed the car bombing on