Beirut, 14 February 2022 (TDI): Lebanon mourns its post-civil war founding father, former Prime Minister Rafik Al Hariri. 17 years have passed since Rafik Al-Hariri’s assassination.
His presence still lingers between the streets of Beirut which he helped rebuild. In his remembrance, Lebanon designated the 14th of February as a national mourning day.
A lot of politicians, UN diplomats, and social activists took to Twitter on the 17th anniversary of his assassination. Furthermore, his son Saad Al-Hariri, suspended his political career earlier this year.
Nevertheless, Saad Al-Hariri posted Monday on Twitter about his visit to his martyred father’s tomb in Downtown Beirut.
إحياء للذكرى ١٧ لاغتيال الرئيس الشهيد #رفيق_الحريري، زار الرئيس سعد الحريري، ترافقه النائب بهية الحريري والسيد شفيق الحريري وعدد من أفراد العائلة، ظهر اليوم ضريح الرئيس الشهيد في وسط بيروت، حيث قرأوا الفاتحة عن روحه وأرواح رفاقه الشهداء. #١٤_شباط
— Saad Hariri (@saadhariri) February 14, 2022
Additionally, he read Al-Fatiha alongside his Aunt Baheya Al Hariri and their family members. Prime Minister Hariri’s supporters gathered in front of the tomb amid chants of support and support for him.
United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, also renewed her condolences to the deceased Prime Minister’s family, in addition to the innocent lives lost on February 14, 2005.
Today we honor the memory of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and we renew our condolences to his family and the families of all those who were victims of that terrorist attack on 14 February 2005.
— Joanna Wronecka (@JWronecka) February 14, 2022
Finally, Foreign Ambassadors also expressed their condolences on the occasion. Japan’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Takeshi Okubo extended his sincere sympathy to all the Lebanese people for their loss.
في ذكرى رحيل رئيس الوزراء رفيق الحريري، اتقدم بخالص تعاطفي الى كل الشعب اللبناني لخسارته. نتذكر سعيه مع العديد من الدول بينهم اليابان من اجل إعاده اعمار لبنان.
— Takeshi Okubo (@TakeshiOkubo3) February 14, 2022