World Bulletin / News Desk
Lebanese analysts believe that Tuesday's twin bombings targeting the Iranian embassy in Beirut represent a "direct message" to the Islamic Republic over its growing influence in neighboring countries.
"The bombers wanted to send a clear message to Iran that Tehran's growing influence in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria will no longer be acceptable," analyst Amin Qamoriya told Anadolu Agency.
He argued that targeting the Iranian embassy shows that "Iran's war with its enemy is no longer indirect".
Political writer Qassem Qosyer shared the view that the attacks were a message to Tehran.
"It is a big message to Iran on the eve of Tehran's negotiations with the West about its nuclear program," he told AA.
At least 32 people, including the Iranian cultural attaché, were killed and dozens injured in twin bombings earlier today near the Iranian embassy in Beirut.
An al-Qaeda affiliated has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which left several buildings and vehicles damaged.
"The Hussein bin Ali cells of Abdullah Azzam Brigades are behind the attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut," Sirajeddine Zuraiqat, a Brigades leader, posted on his Twitter account.
He vowed more attacks until the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah withdrew its fighters from Syria and his fighters are released from Lebanese prisons.
Tip of Iceberg
Analysts opine that Tuesday's suicide bombings show the escalation of the Sunni-Shiite conflict.
"The blasts are a response to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah's speech that Hezbollah fighters will remain in Syria," political analyst Michel Noufal told AA.
Qosyer thinks that Israel might be behind the attacks.
"Using suicide bombers could be an attempt to disguise those who carried out the attacks," he said.
He went on to say that "there are some Islamic groups that are serving foreign parties".
Strategic analyst Nezar Abdel-Qadir described Tuesday's attacks as the "a tip in the iceberg".
"Bombings will continue in Lebanon as long as Hezbollah remains involved in the fighting in Syria," he said.
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