Photo Credit: Al-Manar TV screen capture
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, on Al-Manar TV.

Hezbollah terrorist secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah is urging Lebanese citizens not to protest in response to the resignation by the nation’s Sunni Muslim Prime Minister, Sa’ad Hariri.

The move resulted in the collapse of the country’s coalition government, which included ministers from Hezbollah. Hariri said in his broadcast from Riyadh that Hezbollah had created “a state within a state” in Lebanon, and that its Iranian benefactors have caused “chaos and destruction” in the Middle East.


Nasrallah urged calm, claiming in a televised speech the decision was “dictated to Prime Minister Sa’ad al-Hariri and forced on him,” and saying there was no local reason for the prime minister to resign. He urged citizens not to demonstrate, saying it would “not lead to any result. . . We urge against political escalation.”

The Shiite Muslim terrorist leader also said in his televised address that “questions” were being raised as to whether Hariri was being held against his will in Riyadh.

There have been reports that Western intelligence sources informed Hariri a day before he fled there were plans to assassinate him. Hariri’s father, who also served as Lebanon’s prime minister, was in fact assassinated while in office. Hariri chose to flee and upon his arrival in Riyadh, announced his resignation during a live broadcast via the country’s official Al Arabiya satellite television network.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry of Bahrain issued a travel advisory to its citizens not to travel to Lebanon, and according to the AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA), urged those who were already there to leave as soon as possible.

In a statement issued Sunday afternoon, the ministry said, “Due to the current conditions and developments in Lebanon, the foreign ministry asks citizens present in Lebanon to leave immediate and exercise extreme caution…” The ministry urged citizens to avoid traveling to the country “for their own safety and to avoid any dangers they might encounter.”

No details were provided.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.