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Syria Accuses Israel Of Killing Al Hariri

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Syria accuses israel of killing Al Hariri

 

2/15/2005 7:00:00 PM GMT

 

While the opposition to the pro-Syrian government in Beirut claimed that Syria was behind the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Al Hariri, the Syrian media on Tuesday pointed the finger of suspicion at israel.

 

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"What happened was an attempt to shatter national unity in Lebanon, to sow anarchy and divisions which lead to a climate of civil war," said government newspaper Tishrin.

 

israel "continues to work to sabotage Lebanon's achievements to try to bring anarchy to the country and to be able to continue its occupation of the Shebaa Farms", a disputed strip of land along the israeli border, the newspaper added.

 

Meanwhile, several Arab analysts say that Syria itself was also targeted by Hariri's assassination.

 

"Syria certainly did not need to complicate the situation, just when it is already in the firing line" over UN Resolution 1559, Rauf Ghoneim, a former Egyptian deputy foreign minister, said.

 

According to several political analysts, Al Hariri’s assassination is aimed at drowning Lebanon in another civil war. Arab commentators called on Lebanon on Tuesday to unite against such threat, with some suggesting that israel has greatly benefited from the death of Al Hariri.

 

On the other hand, the Arab League called on the Lebanese people not to jump to conclusions about the assassination.

 

Al-Gomhuria daily, Egypt's state-owned said the assassination aimed to "subvert the interests of the Lebanese people, undermine their solidarity and shake their will".

 

"Lebanese people should throw their ethnic and religious differences behind them and strive for unity," it said.

 

Other analysts suggested that Al Hariri’s death was a part of a bigger plan aimed at fueling tension and spreading chaos in the region already shaken by Iraq war, where some fear a sectarian civil war similar to that which tore Lebanon apart from 1975 to 1990.

 

"There is a conspiracy to spread anarchy in the region," said Essam el-Erian, a leading member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

 

Although the former Lebanese Prime Minister had recently joined calls for the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, Arab commentators insisted his death did not benefit Syria.

 

"For sure, it is not in Syria's interest for Lebanon to be rocked by such a massive security breach. After all Syria is responsible for Lebanon's security," the leading Saudi newspaper al-Watan said in an editorial.

 

Meanwhile, Iran said israel is the only state that has the resources to carry out such attack. According to initial reports, the bomb which killed Hariri had the explosive power of 300 kg of dynamite.

 

"An organised terrorist entity like that of the Zionist regime has the capability to carry out such operations and it targets breaking unity and solidarity in Lebanon," a state-owned Iranian newspaper quoted the foreign ministry as saying.

Edited by Al Faqeer

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