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Asharq Al-Awsat
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US Mission Marks 40th Anniversary of Beirut Embassy Bombing

Ambassador Shea laid a wreath at the US Embassy memorial. Photo: US Embassy website

US Ambassador to Beirut Dorothy Shea has said that Hezbollah has failed in its efforts to “break us,” adding “no one can break the resolve we all share.”

The US mission on Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of the April 18, 1983 bombing of the US Embassy in Beirut, in which a suicide bomber attacked the Embassy, killing 63, including 52 Lebanese and American Embassy employees.

“Forty years after the bombing, the United States remains committed to its efforts to defeat terrorists wherever they are. The American people will never forget those who lost their lives while pursuing peace, promoting human rights, and advancing fundamental freedoms,” a US Embassy statement said.

Shea laid a wreath at the US Embassy memorial adorned with the phrase, "They Came in Peace," as Deputy Chief of Mission Richard Michaels placed a wreath at the site of the original Embassy at Ain Mreisseh in Beirut.

In her remarks, Shea said: “Those who made the decision to violently murder our colleagues, and to wound our Embassy family underestimated us.”

“They did not understand that the bonds we all share are strong, despite the fear and intimidation that they may try to instill. Let us show, with our continued commitment to this community, to our shared goals, that in their effort to break us, Hezbollah failed. No one can break the resolve we all share – to work together, care for one another, and support a better future for the Lebanese people.”

“The people of the United States and Lebanon have the strength and the will to continue forward, into a better, brighter, and more peaceful future,” she added.

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