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SAUDIS ON BRINK OF WAR: 'Lebanon declared WAR on us'


REUTERS – 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.”

That’s not all: Saudis edge towards ‘war’ with Iran

The latest step in the conflict came Saturday, when a ballistic missile fired from Yemen came close to Riyadh before being intercepted by the Saudi military. Yemen’s Houthi-controlled Defence Ministry said its forces had targeted Riyadh’s airport with a long-range missile.

Immediately after the firing, the Saudi-led coalition hit the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, with the heaviest barrage of airstrikes in more than a year.

While the Houthis have long had loose ties to Iran and have received some support, there has never been proof that they were proxies under the “direct command” of Tehran, as the Saudis assert, analysts say.

It is unclear whether Tehran has sent, or even could send, missiles to Yemen, which is under a tightly controlled air and sea blockade. In recent years, ships believed to be from Iran have been intercepted transporting small weapons, but there have been no reports involving missiles or missile parts.

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SAUDIS ON BRINK OF WAR: 'Lebanon declared WAR on us'

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