Hezbollah leader says Saudi Arabia has declared war on Lebanon and is detaining PM Saad Hariri.
(MEE) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Friday that Saudi Arabia had declared war on Lebanon, claiming that the kingdom had incited Israel to strike Lebanon.
“Saudi Arabia is inciting Israel to launch a war against Lebanon,” said Nasrallah.
“I speak here about facts not analysis. Saudi Arabia is ready to pay tens of billions of dollars to Israel for that,” he added.
Nasrallah also drew parallels between the current situation and the 2006 war.
“We know now through Israeli media that the 2006 war on Lebanon was prolonged by Saudi when Israel wanted it to end.”
Nasrallah went on to say that Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, who announced his surprise resignation on Saturday while in Riyadh, is being detained in the kingdom and barred from returning to his country.
He called Hariri’s resignation an “unprecedented Saudi intervention” in Lebanese politics, while adding that it was “illegal and unconstitutional because it was made under coercion”.
Reaffirming earlier reports that Hariri had been placed under house arrest in Riyadh, Nasrallah said that the humiliation of Hariri is considered a humiliation to every Lebanese person.
“Lebanon has witnessed foreign interventions before but it never reached the level of forcing the prime minister to resign.”
“We may have disputes with the Future Movement, but we condemn Saudi Arabia’s humiliation of prime minister Hariri.”
Nasrallah said that Saudi Arabia had been trying to “oust Hariri from his position as the leader of the Future Movement, and to impose a new leadership without consulting the figures of the movement”.
He went on to say that there has been a Saudi attempt to impose a new prime minister for Lebanon.
“Saudi Arabia is trying to incite the Lebanese against one another. They want us to humiliate and fight each other,” he said.
Citizens to Return Home
Commenting on Saudi Arabia’s call on its citizens in Lebanon to return home, Nasrallah said: “This is a war on Lebanon not on Hezbollah.”
Nasrallah warned the Lebanese people from allowing the state to collapse as in other Arab countries such as Libya and Syria.
“Look around you and learn the lessons. Saudi Arabia is asking you to sabotage the state and its institutions.”
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