UN chief condemns terrorist bombing near Iranian embassy in Beirut

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras (file photo)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terrorist bombing near the Iranian embassy in the Bir Hassan neighbourhood of Beirut on Tuesday which killed at least 23 civilians, including reportedly one Iranian diplomat, and injured over a hundred others.

In a statement through his Spokespersons' office, the Secretary-General calls on all in Lebanon to recognise that such appalling and indiscriminate acts of violence target all in Lebanon.

He urges all Lebanese parties to act with restraint and to support the institutions of the state, and particularly the security forces, as they seek to prevent further acts of terrorism.

The Secretary-General hopes that those responsible for this attack will be brought to justice expeditiously. He reiterates the determination of the international community to support Lebanon's security and stability.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of those killed, as well as to the Government of Lebanon and to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He extends his sympathies to those injured.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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