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        10/22/2012, Cheshvan 6, 5773

      Assad Involved in Bomb in Beirut


      The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that Syria was involved in a car bombing in Beirut Friday that killed Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, a top anti-Damascus official, according to the Lebanon Daily Star.

      “It is likely ... Everything indicates that this is an extension of the Syrian tragedy,” Fabius told French television. “I wish to express how much we condemn this dreadful attack, how much we are in solidarity with the Lebanese people and government,” Fabius said.

      He referred to the Syrian dictator as a “manipulator” who wanted to spread the “contagion to Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.”

      Friday’s bombing killed at least three people, including Hasan who was in charge of the information branch of the Internal Security Forces.

      The French foreign minister also said the Iran-proxy Hizbullah which is based in Lebanon was involved.

      “Hezbollah is in the Lebanese government and we don’t see much of their role,” he said. “But their presence in the conflict has been apparent in the past few days, such as the drone which overflew Israel.”

      On the October 6 drone that entered Israeli airspace, Fabius said that Hizbullah tried to “demonstrate more clearly” their support for the Assad regime, adding: “We cannot accept that.”