Saudi Arabia declared war on Lebanon, detention of Saad al-Hariri insult to Lebanese people: Hezbollah

France became the first Western country to indicate that Saudi Arabia was holding Hariri against his will, saying it wished for him to have "all his freedom of movement and be fully able to play the essential role that is his in Lebanon".

By: Reuters | Beirut | Updated: November 10, 2017 11:40 pm
lebanon, saudi arabia, France, hezbollah, shia, sunni, lebanon crisis In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi King Salman, right, meets with outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday.  (Photo: AP)

Hezbollah’s leader said on Friday that Saudi Arabia had declared war on Lebanon and his Iran-backed group, accusing Riyadh of detaining Saad al-Hariri and forcing him to resign as Lebanon’s prime minister to destabilise the country. France became the first Western country to indicate that Saudi Arabia was holding Hariri against his will, saying it wished for him to have “all his freedom of movement and be fully able to play the essential role that is his in Lebanon”. Hariri’s resignation has plunged Lebanon into crisis, thrusting the small Arab country back to the forefront of regional rivalry between the Sunni Muslim monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite revolutionary Iran.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, said Saudi Arabia’s detention of Hariri, a long-time Saudi ally who declared his resignation while in Riyadh last Saturday, was an insult to all Lebanese and he must return to Lebanon. “Let us say things as they are: the man is detained in Saudi Arabia and forbidden until this moment from returning to Lebanon,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech.

“It is clear that Saudi Arabia and Saudi officials have declared war on Lebanon and on Hezbollah in Lebanon,” he said. His comments mirror an accusation by Riyadh on Monday that Lebanon and Hezbollah had declared war on the conservative Gulf Arab kingdom. Riyadh says Hariri is a free man and he decided to resign because Hezbollah was calling the shots in his government. Saudi Arabia considers Hezbollah to be its enemy in conflicts across the Middle East, including Syria and Yemen.

Western countries have looked on with alarm at the rising regional tension. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned other countries and groups against using Lebanon as vehicle for a larger proxy fight in the Middle East, saying Washington strongly backed Lebanon’s independence and respected Hariri as a strong partner of the United States, still referring to him as prime minister. “There is no legitimate place or role in Lebanon for any foreign forces, militias or armed elements other than the legitimate security forces of the Lebanese state,” Tillerson said in a statement released by the U.S. State Department.

Tillerson told reporters on Friday there was no indication that Hariri was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will but that the United States was monitoring the situation. The French foreign minister said earlier on Friday that he also believed Hariri was a free man – a statement at odds with the later French foreign minstry comment that it wanted Hariri to have “all his freedom of movement”.

Hariri has made no public remarks since announcing his resignation in a speech televised from Saudi Arabia, saying he feared assassination and accusing Iran and Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world.

Two top Lebanese government officials, a senior politician close to Hariri and a fourth source told Reuters on Thursday that the Lebanese authorities believe Hariri is being held in Saudi Arabia. Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia was encouraging Israel to attack Lebanon. While an Israeli attack could not be ruled out entirely, he said, it was unlikely partly because Israel knew it would pay a very high price. “I warn them against any miscalculation or any step to exploit the situation,” he said. “Saudi will fail in Lebanon as it has failed on all fronts,” Nasrallah said.

Riyadh has advised Saudi citizens not to travel to Lebanon, or if already there to leave as soon as possible. Other Gulf states have also issued travel warnings. Those steps have raised concern that Riyadh could take measures against the tiny Arab state, which hosts 1.5 million Syrian refugees. Hariri’s resignation is being widely seen as part of a Saudi attempt to counter Iran as its influence deepens in Syria and Iraq and as Riyadh and its allies battle Iranian-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Hariri’s resignation unravelled a political deal among rival factions that made him prime minister and President Michel Aoun, a political ally of Hezbollah, head of state last year. The coalition government included Hezbollah, a heavily armed military and political organisation.’

STUCK BETWEEN “ANTAGONISTIC INTERESTS”

Aoun told Saudi Arabia’s envoy on Friday that Hariri must return to Lebanon and the circumstances surrounding his resignation as prime minister while in Saudi Arabia were unacceptable, presidential sources said. An “international support group” of countries concerned about Lebanon, which includes the United States, Russia and France, appealed for Lebanon “to continue to be shielded from tensions in the region”. In a statement, they also welcomed Aoun’s call for Hariri to return.

In comments to Reuters, top Lebanese Druze politician Jumblatt said Lebanon did not deserve to be accused of declaring war on Saudi Arabia. “For decades we’ve been friends,” he said. “We are a country that is squeezed between two antagonistic interests, between Saudi Arabia and Iran,” he said. “The majority of Lebanese are just paying the price … Lebanon can not afford to declare a war against anybody.”

The Saudi foreign minister accused Hezbollah of a role in the launching of a ballistic missile at Riyadh from Yemen on Saturday. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Iran’s supply of rockets to militias in Yemen was an act of “direct military aggression” that could be an act of war. Nasrallah mocked the Saudi accusation that Iran and Hezbollah were behind the firing of the missile from Yemen, saying Yemenis were capable of building their own missiles.

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    Ivan
    Nov 11, 2017 at 6:07 am
    The Saudis need to be shown their place. There are increasing signs that the Israelis and Saudis intend to protect their investments in the ISIS by doubling down in Lebanon.
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      ryan
      Nov 11, 2017 at 12:33 am
      A video clip from India has become the latest sensation on the internet as some women are seen worshipping a kangaroo dustbin placed for the first time outside the premises of a temple apparently mistaking it for deity. Women dressed in sari are seen anointing it with water, applying tilak and paying floral tribute to the kangaroo dustbin. People assume that the women might have mistaken the kangaroo dustbin for a deity as animals are venerated in Hinduism. But, what has taken everyone by surprise is that exotic kangaroos, unlike cows or other animals, have little connection with the Hindu mythologies. The act of Kangaroo worship seemed as if it is just out of Aamir Khan movie PK where he demonstrates how a simple stone gets converted into a god, which turned controversial.  According to this report by The Hindustan Times, thousands of people had thronged a ‘magical handpump’ in Fatehgarh Sahib district in Punjab in 2016 with the belief that its water can cure all their ills and end a
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        CBA
        Nov 11, 2017 at 7:54 am
        Ryan, you are just a hardcore nonsense. What you know about Hinduism, it is just the distorted part of Hindu Religion which was completed during the period of Muslim rulers from 712 AD to 1757 AD. You should know the real history of India during this period. You should also know that how have your ancestors converted to Islam. It was nothing but force conversion so, you the converted Muslims should come back to Hinduism. It will bring peace to India as well as for the whole world because as you see everywhere terrorism/Jihadi activities are happening due to your barbaric Islam. Islam is not peace but curse to the whole world. So, you all should discard Islam for the peace of home and abroad.
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          babu
          Nov 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm
          STOP laying LIKE a CH EE NAA R CHO KARI according to YOU MUSLIM CONVERTED your ancestors FORCEFULLY into the MUSLIM Then WHY according to 1881 survey by BRITISH ............ HINDU......... 78.08 MUSLIM .......11.06 ........................ DURING 17th century ..........hindu. ........ 95 ..............MUSLIM ... 4 ... you piec OF sheet ..... if you like to talk CONVERSION LOOK at Australia, South America, North America Africa Asian Pacific nation ...... 99.99 CHRISTIAN. .... AFTER they discovered by white people ..... SO suk on white LINGA
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            babu
            Nov 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm
            AND THIS SAUDI SALMAN IS DU M AND SHEET AND WEAK .... LIKE 800 AD HINDUS
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          nk
          Nov 11, 2017 at 12:32 am
          islam is the best religion and muslims are the worst followers as said by Bernard Shaw.... one more quote from him, "... i believe that if a man like him(Muhammed) would take leadership in the new world, he would succeed in solving its problems and bring that peace and prosperity which all men want" o brother if you r ignorant then go through those quotes about Muhammed which were said by so many hindu scholars like Gandhi and sarojni naidu and so many of christian scholars... if you go through real pages of history, u will of course say Muhammad was the messenger of God
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          1. Bharat Kapoor
            Nov 11, 2017 at 1:56 am
            Let us purge Islam of Quran's Sura no. 33 which promises virgins in Heaven to the killers of non-believers so as to make Islam a religion of peace.
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              sheiksaleem
              Nov 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm
              some time war for peace , if my brother he was killing some innocent then i must to protect our people if its hindu or else...
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            ryan
            Nov 11, 2017 at 12:28 am
            According to Saraswati Purana, Brahma created his beautiful daughter Saraswati direct from his vital strength or seminal fluid. Some texts also prove that Brahma used to collect his in a pot whenever he d fixing his eyes on the celestial beauty Urvasi. Brahma’s in the pot gave birth to Saraswati. Thus, Saraswati had no mother. This daughter of Brahma is the Hindu goddess of learning. When Brahma saw the beauty of Saraswati he became amorous. To escape from her father’s passionate approach Saraswati ran to the lands in all four directions, but she could not escape from her father. She finally succumbed to Brahma’s wish. Brahma and his daughter Saraswati lived as husband and wife indulging in incest for 100 years. They had a son Swayambhumaru. Swayambhumaru made love with his sister Satarpa. Through the incest of Brahma’s son and daughter Brahma got two g sons and two g -daughters. Prajapati (Brahma) desired his daughter (SARASWATI) and made love to her.
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              CBA
              Nov 11, 2017 at 7:53 am
              Ryan, you are just a hardcore nonsense. What you know about Hinduism, it is just the distorted part of Hindu Religion which was completed during the period of Muslim rulers from 712 AD to 1757 AD. You should know the real history of India during this period. You should also know that how have your ancestors converted to Islam. It was nothing but force conversion so, you the converted Muslims should come back to Hinduism. It will bring peace to India as well as for the whole world because as you see everywhere terrorism/Jihadi activities are happening due to your barbaric Islam. Islam is not peace but curse to the whole world. So, you all should discard Islam for the peace of home and abroad.
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              CBA
              Nov 10, 2017 at 11:50 pm
              True and real essence of Islam in Saudi Arab like what they do everywhere. The Jihadists can do any type of harm and evil work on anyone and anywhere and they are ensured with 72 Hurs and 20 cute boys in Jannatul Ferdous i.e. homosex is allowed in Jannat for Muslim men. What a barbaric and inhuman religion with their Quran i.e. Satanic verses. Islam is the worst severe threat to the Human civilization. Everyday if you open your TV and Papers, you must observe the essence of Islam in any place and I think we are tired. Why the total population is to take the barbaric path of Islam. They are making people foolish by their vicious mission of Islam. They are going on with heinous acts over the world by the strategy as per Quran/Satanic verses. They are born many ion number and deplete over the world and occupy anyone's land or state to spread Islam all over the world. They get involved in any evil like raping, love Jihad and bombing etc. Global peace is only possible if they reject Islam.
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                Ejaz
                Nov 11, 2017 at 12:14 am
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                  ryan
                  Nov 11, 2017 at 12:26 am
                  According to Saraswati Purana, Brahma created his beautiful daughter Saraswati direct from his vital strength or seminal fluid. Some texts also prove that Brahma used to collect his in a pot whenever he d fixing his eyes on the celestial beauty Urvasi. Brahma’s in the pot gave birth to Saraswati. Thus, Saraswati had no mother. This daughter of Brahma is the Hindu goddess of learning. When Brahma saw the beauty of Saraswati he became amorous. To escape from her father’s passionate approach Saraswati ran to the lands in all four directions, but she could not escape from her father. She finally succumbed to Brahma’s wish. Brahma and his daughter Saraswati lived as husband and wife indulging in incest for 100 years. They had a son Swayambhumaru. Swayambhumaru made love with his sister Satarpa. Through the incest of Brahma’s son and daughter Brahma got two g sons and two g -daughters. Prajapati (Brahma) desired his daughter (SARASWATI) and made love to her.
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                    CBA
                    Nov 11, 2017 at 7:53 am
                    Ryan, you are just a hardcore nonsense. What you know about Hinduism, it is just the distorted part of Hindu Religion which was completed during the period of Muslim rulers from 712 AD to 1757 AD. You should know the real history of India during this period. You should also know that how have your ancestors converted to Islam. It was nothing but force conversion so, you the converted Muslims should come back to Hinduism. It will bring peace to India as well as for the whole world because as you see everywhere terrorism/Jihadi activities are happening due to your barbaric Islam. Islam is not peace but curse to the whole world. So, you all should discard Islam for the peace of home and abroad.
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                    ryan
                    Nov 11, 2017 at 12:29 am
                    As per Mahabharata, Krishna had a total of 16108 wives, of which eight were his principle wives and they are Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Kalindi, Mitravrinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra and Lakshana. The other 16100 were rescued from Narakasura, where they had been forcibly kept. These women were in disgrace because they had lived with the demon king and none of their families would accept them. So, Krishna gave these women the status of his wives. This marital status was not for sexual pleasure but to give them shelter and a respectful place in the society. Krishna's marriage with 16100 wives was synonymous to raas leela where he danced with 108 gopis at the same time while each gopi believed he was dancing only with her. Whole life Krishna manifested in 16108 forms to share same love and care to all his wives. Most of us know about Parvati but Shiva has many wives, which are the symbols of feminine power. All of these goddesses are well known and worshipped. Their names are Shakti, Parva
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                      CBA
                      Nov 11, 2017 at 7:52 am
                      Ryan, you are just a hardcore nonsense. What you know about Hinduism, it is just the distorted part of Hindu Religion which was completed during the period of Muslim rulers from 712 AD to 1757 AD. You should know the real history of India during this period. You should also know that how have your ancestors converted to Islam. It was nothing but force conversion so, you the converted Muslims should come back to Hinduism. It will bring peace to India as well as for the whole world because as you see everywhere terrorism/Jihadi activities are happening due to your barbaric Islam. Islam is not peace but curse to the whole world. So, you all should discard Islam for the peace of home and abroad.
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