Israel denies involvement in Beirut blast

Jerusalem, July 10 (IANS) Israel government has denied accusations of being behind a car bomb explosion which occurred in a Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanese capital of Beirut and killed several people besides injuring dozens of others.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya 'alon Tuesday brushed off the accusations against his government, Xinhua reported.

The powerful blast rocked a suburb in Beirut early Tuesday, said Ali Ammar, a Hezbollah parliamentarian, adding that the incident bore the "clear fingerprint of Israel and its instruments".

Speaking during a tour of an Israeli army training base, Ya' alon contended that the Syrian civil war reached Lebanon "a while back" after Shiite group Hezbollah joined forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in their battle against opposition groups.

"We see what is happening in Tripoli, Sidon and Beirut, where a car bomb exploded today. This is mainly a struggle between Shiites and Sunnis. We don't interfere," Ya'alon said in a statement whle dismissing accusations that Israel attacked ammunition depots in the Syria's Latakia city last Friday, where blasts caused a number of deaths and injuries.

"We repeatedly say that we don't intervene in the Syrian bloodshed. Israel has drawn red lines regarding its interests sticks to them. Every time there is an attack or an explosion there, we are mostly always accused," he said.

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