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2 Bombs Go Of in Christian Areas of Lebanon (Syria and Iranians probably to blame)
ICC Note:
We have been warning readers for awhile that things might turn ugly for the Christians in Lebanon . This might be the start.

2007-02-12 Lebanon (ABC Local) Bombs packed with metal pellets tore through two commuter buses in a mainly Christian area of Lebanon on Tuesday, a day before the second anniversary of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination.

A senior politician speculated the blasts were meant to scare people away from a rally Wednesday to commemorate Hariri, a gathering that has heightened sectarian tensions in Lebanon and highlighted its political paralysis.

President Emile Lahoud denounced the explosions, saying they aimed to deepen the divide between the pro-American government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, made up of Hariri’s allies, and the opposition, led by Hezbollah, the Shiite guerrilla group backed by Iran and Syria .

A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media, said the explosions went off minutes apart. As people rushed to the scene of the first bombing, a second bus drove up and blew up, the official said.

Ein Alaq is near Bikfaya, the ancestral home of the Gemayel family, a prominent political Christian family in Lebanon . Pierre Gemayel, a Cabinet member, was assassinated in November. His father, former President Amin Gemayel, visited the White House and met with Bush last week.

Gemayel, the president during much of Lebanon ‘s 1975-1990 civil war, told Voice of Lebanon that “alien hands,” were behind the explosions. “Lebanese do not kill Lebanese,” he said.

Security officials said the bombs were shaped like bananas and weighed at least 4 pounds and as much as 7 pounds. They were packed with metal pellets and placed under seats in the two buses, officials said.

The assassination of Hariri — still the subject of a U.N.-led investigation — set in motion a reshuffling of Lebanon ‘s political order. Public outrage at Syria , which many Lebanese blame for the attack, forced Damascus to withdraw its military from Lebanon after nearly three decades as power brokers.

Bombings and shootings have rocked Lebanon since then, targeting anti-Syrian politicians and journalists, and raising fears the country is on the verge of another civil war.

“This is an act to undermine Lebanon , so that we might end up like Iraq , with strife and people leaving their country,” said Nabil Nekoula, a lawmaker from the district who visited the bomb scene.

Edy Abilamaa, a leading member of the Christian Lebanese Forces pro-government faction, said the way the explosions took place clearly shows they aimed to “kill as many people as possible.”

“I believe that those who kill in Lebanon are known,” Abilamaa said in a veiled allusion to Syria , which denies it was behind the Hariri killing and other explosions in Lebanon .