Members of Hezbollah blamed Israel for Tuesday’s blast in a remote region of the Bekaa Valley controlled by the Shiite movement. Kamel Rifai, a Hezbollah politician, said Israel had used Muslim Takfiris, or infidels, to prepare the explosion, claims echoed by a senior Hezbollah-affiliated minister. “There is no doubt that an Israeli intelligence system is behind these incidents and is cooperating with Lebanese cells, benefitting from the presence of infidels in Lebanon to commit these heinous acts,” Rifai said.
Hezbollah hasn’t officially made a statement regarding the attack. The Voice of Lebanon radio station initially reported that 20 people were injured in the explosion in eastern Lebanon, some sustaining serious wounds. The organization’s Al-Manar news agency initially attempted to cover up the blast, saying there were no injuries or damage. It later admitted, however, that there were casualties and that there was a lot of damage to property.The report said that the explosive charge, which was loaded onto an identical Hezbollah vehicle, weighed 60 kg and was most likely set off from a distance.
Interim Lebanese Minister of State Muhammad Fneish, part of Hezbollah’s political bloc in Lebanon’s government, also stood up and blamed the ‘Takfiris’ for helping the Jewish State.
“(The Beqaa explosion) is part of a scheme carried out by Takfiri groups that aims to vandalize, spread strife and shake stability, and they are providing a free service to the Israeli enemy,” he told Al-Markazia news agency. Fneish said that his country needed to be purged of Syrian regional forces who were attempting to employ collaborators in Lebanon in order to achieve political goals. “(The state needs to) prosecute armed men, and enable the army and the security forces to control the infiltration of these terrorist groups from Syria into Lebanon.”