23 August 2013
Secretary-General
SG/SM/15233

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General, Strongly Condemning Deadly Mosque Bombings in Tripoli,

 

Urges Citizens throughout Lebanon to Maintain Unity, Calm, Order


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General strongly condemns the two bombs which exploded shortly after Friday prayers, outside two mosques in the north Lebanese city of Tripoli, leaving tens of people killed and hundreds injured.† He extends his condolences to the families of those killed and to the Government of Lebanon, and his sympathies to all those injured.


The Secretary-General calls on all Lebanese to exercise restraint, to remain united and to support their State institutions, particularly the security forces, in maintaining calm and order in Tripoli and throughout the country, and in preventing the recurrence of such destructive actions.


The Secretary-General hopes that those responsible for such cowardly acts of violence will be brought to justice as soon as possible.† He reiterates the determination of the international community to support Lebanonís security and stability.


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