Lebanon: Mixed Feelings Following Syria's Bombing

This post is part of our special coverage Syria Protests 2011.

Today's Damascus blast cost the life of Syria's deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat and other top officials of president Bashar Al Assad's inner circle. As usual, the blast had its direct repercussions on Lebanon.

It all started in northern Lebanon, in Tripoli, where Bab al Tabbaneh anti-Bashar regime residents opened celebratory gunshots to mark the occasion. According to Naharnet website, one person was killed by a stray bullet. A child from the neighbouring Alawite Jabal Mohsen was also injured. This pushed the army to deploy in the region so as to prevent the escalation of the situation. The news also went viral among Lebanese netizens.

Muslema, from Tripoli, is overjoyed [ar]:

اشد العرب سعادة بعد اهل سوريا اهل طرابلس ! الشعار المسؤول المباشر عن مجازر التبانة فطييييسة ولله الحمد ، يمهل ولا يهمل #lebanon#syria
The Arabs who are the most happy after the Syrians are Tripoli's residents. Chaar is the direct responsible for Tabbaneh massacre… Good Riddance, thanks God. He gives time but doesn't forget

Journalist Sawsan Abou Zahr exhales:

يمكن القول إن الشعب اللبناني تحرر هو أيضاً اليوم.
We can say that the Lebanese people also got their freedom today.

Jihad el Murr, owner of MTV's Lebanon station, also shares her views:

I have a feeling that our Martyrs in Heaven above are beginning to smile :)

Sarah Assaf wonders:

So where is Bashar Al Assad now?

She gives the answer herself:

Bashar. Don't go anywhere. Just stay where you are. They're coming for you..

Some are shocked following some Lebanese Channels reactions (mainly pro-Hezbollah, Al Manar). Political analyst Hadi El Amine tweeted:

عن صديقي:”وصف قتلى عملية اليوم بالشهداءعلى بعض القنوات التلفزيونية [اللبنانية] تقلل من إحتمال بشرية [ أصحاب هذه القنوات ]”

Quoting a friend: Describing those killed today as martyrs on some Lebanese television channels reduces the possibility of the humanity (of the owners of these channels)

Nader Haddad seems to think in a different way:

Manar & NBN should start rethinking communication strategy: Chawkat shldnt be branded as a martyr.

Tom Fletcher, British Ambassador to Lebanon, also used Twitter to voice his concern about the bombing's repercussion on Lebanon:

Appears that Syria in new phase. Vital that Lebanon maintains policy of disassociation, and that international community back it concretely.

Imad Atwi, on the other hand, points the finger elsewhere. He tweets:

Alqaida ‪#Qatar‬ ‪#Turkey‬ along with their terrorist agents in ‪#Syria‬ assassinated Syrian figures.may be ‪#KSA‬ has some thing 2 do too

However, what is most making the news is the anticipated speech of Hassan Nassrallah, Hezbollah's leader, tonight.

Antoun Issa writes:

Hassan Nasrallah re-writing his speech, scheduled for tonight. No doubt his most important speech yet on Syrian crisis.

Lebanese politician Antoine Haddad tweeted:

Nasrallah in quiet critical situation: How will he deal w/ Damascus dramatic events in 2night's speech? Denial, condemnation or support?

This post is part of our special coverage Syria Protests 2011.

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