The leader of Lebanon-based Shia group Hezbollah has said that Saudi Arabia forced the Lebanese prime minister to resign.
Saad al-Hariri stepped down in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Saturday, denouncing Hezbollah and its Iranian backers, and saying he feared for his life.
But the chief of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said it was a Saudi decision “imposed” on him.
Saudi officials have denied this.
“It was not his intention, not his wish and not his decision to quit,” Sheikh Nasrallah said in a televised address.
He questioned whether Mr Hariri would be able to return from Saudi Arabia, but also called for calm, amid fears that violence could erupt in Lebanon.
Separately, despite Mr Hariri saying he feared assassination, the Lebanese army says it has not discovered any assassination plots in the country.
In addition to the army, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, the head of Lebanon’s General Security intelligence agency, has also said he has no information about any plots to kill politicians in Lebanon, Reuters news agency reports.
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Lebanon had declared war against it because of attacks against the Kingdom by the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah.
Saudi Gulf affairs minister Thamer al-Sabhan told Al-Arabiya TV that Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister on Saturday, had been told that acts of “aggression” by Hezbollah “were considered acts of a declaration of war against Saudi Arabia by Lebanon and by the Lebanese Party of the Devil.”
“Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Lebanon had declared war against it because of attacks against the Kingdom by the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah.”
so much going down in the middle east right now..lebanon look like being a new target now syria is basically over..the sauds are behind that as they also put a full blockade on yemen..they are suffocating the yemenis in real time and nothing is being done to stop them..shame on the UN and the west..