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Saudi Minister: 'Lebanese Party of the Devil' Declared War on Saudi Arabia

09 Noviembre 2017

On Monday, Sabhan gave another interview in which he said 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". Today they've more-or less declared war on Lebanon (because Hezbollah exists) and Iran (because Yemen shot a missile at them).

His resignation brought down the coalition government and plunged Lebanon into a new political crisis, returning it to the front line of a regional competition between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran that has also buffeted Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain.

I don't really have anything special to say about this, other than the fact that all four of these conflicts are actually fights or proxy fights with Iran. One was the head of the Saudi National Guard.

The main significance of Nasrallah and President Aoun's remarks is that the Lebanese government is not disintegrating in light of the announcement of Hariri's resignation.

"What happened was Saudi madness and we'll wait and see what happens over the next few days", Nasrallah told his associates.

The Houthis' missile launch increased tensions, and Saudi Arabia responded by intensifying its blockade of Yemen, raising fears an already dire humanitarian situation will get worse.

Mr Hariri's father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. "But I'm not sure this will be achieved". Hariri is Lebanon's most influential Sunni politician.

Hizballah is both a military and a political organization that is represented in the Lebanese parliament and in the Hariri-led coalition government formed last year.

Nasrallah said "legitimate questions" were being asked over whether Hariri had been detained in Saudi Arabia, where news emerged on Sunday that royals, ministers and investors had been arrested in an anti-corruption purge.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned, saying in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia that he feared for his life, while also fiercely criticising Iran. This war launched by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to restore Sanaa's legitimate government and put Iran in check has failed to do either.

Iran has intensified its influence in Syria, with its own forces and fighters from Hezbollah and Iraqi Shiite militias battling alongside Assad's troops. Israel is not interested in escalation in the near future, and the same is true of Hezbollah. "If the Saudis are right and it limits Hezbollah and Iran, Israel will gain".

Saudi Minister: 'Lebanese Party of the Devil' Declared War on Saudi Arabia