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Lebanon: Who Killed Intelligence Chief Wissam Al Hassan?

Syria, Iran, Hizbullah and Israel are all suspects in the death of Lebanon's chief intelligence chief Wissam Al Hassan, who was killed in a bomb explosion, which claimed the lives of eight people and wounded around 80 people, in Beirut yesterday [Oct 20].

Joyce Karam sums up the mood after the explosion:

@Joyce_Karam: Undoubtedly this is the worse day in #Lebanon since 14 Feb 2005 and 2006 war. Given regional + internal fragility,things can turn ugly.

She adds:

@Joyce_Karam: If there is any right time for a national unity government for #Lebanon, it is now. Highest risk for instability since 2005.

But as the tension in Lebanon rises, so do the fingers pointing the blame at – almost everyone.

Nervana blogs:

When it comes to the Middle East, the lack of transparency and accountability make it difficult to stay calm and rational and draw reasonable conclusions. In fact, political assassination in my part of the world is the fastest, easy way to settle the score and to create a foggy environment where the truth is deemed impossible to find. Nonetheless, I find it amusing that those whom in the past accused Al-Hassan of being an Israeli agent are now accusing Israel of standing behind his murder.

She then discusses possible scenarios of who could have pulled the assassination – and why.

An empty street in Beirut

An empty street in Beirut shared on Twitter by Yasim Comert

Yesim Comert shares this photograph of an empty Beirut street on Twitter. She writes:

@yesimcf: The beautiful streets of #Beirut are empty today after yesterday's car bomb explosion #Lebanon pic.twitter.com/vd51K6jg

Patrick Baz adds:

@Patrick_Baz: #Beirut looks like a deserted city. Shame that Lebanese are divided as much as in the 80s it seems that nothing has changed since #Lebanon

Still on Twitter, the Prime Minister of Lebanon Najib Mikati mourns General Hassan. He writes:

@Najib_Mikati: General Wisam Hassan# a big loss to #Lebanon and myself he was a special & wise person. I ask God to rest his good soul in peace. N.M.

In another tweet, he announces:

@Najib_Mikati: My #resignation on #hold for the sake of Lebanon's stability. #Chaos is not an option for me! National Unity# a must 4 Lebanon's interest!

Tom Gara is not holding his breath:

@tomgara: A new civil war in Lebanon is like the death of Hosni Mubarak, everyone is constantly certain it's about to happen and it never does.

And Lebanese Kam shares a positive note:

@kamtweeting: Here's to my country, Lebanon, a land that never sleeps, a beacon of hope & peace. Tonight, tears are shed, & tomorrow…a better dream.

  • Hassan El-Kara

    “Today is indeed a very sad day for all the Lebanese people watching in front of our eyes the killing of many innocent civilians including children and our courageous champion Major General Wissam El-Hassan who was seeking the ultimate truth to free Lebanon from ALL radicals and thugs who EMBOLDENED themselves to believe that they can bring all Lebanese citizens to their knees and to give up on the…ir sovereignty and nationality. These radicals and thugs will certainly continue with their cowardly assassination acts by killing any person that chooses to free Lebanon. If we Lebanese feel we are indeed on our knees and we feel that we indeed got stripped from our sovereignty and nationality then these thugs will certainly achieve their goals. Our only choice as Lebanese people is to get up and fight back these radicals and thugs by sending a strong message to their leaders that UNITED LEBANON will never be defeated and all these champions of Lebanon such as General Wissan Al-Hassan, Rafique Hariri and dozen others who sacrificed their lives to free Lebanon did not die in vain. It is time for the government to bring these thugs to justice and it is time for all of us to unite.See More”

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