Hezbollah chief warns of civil war, says Israel exploiting Lebanon protests
Terror chief says though the demonstrations began spontaneously they are now being manipulated by domestic and regional rivals; Hezbollah supporters clash with demonstrators
By TOI staff and Agencies|
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday warned that recent massive anti-government protests in Lebanon could plunge the country into civil war, accusing Israel and other countries of working to take advantage of the demonstrations to fuel unrest.
The head of the Iran-backed terror organization spoke as the protests, which initially were triggered by new proposed taxes that followed public spending cuts, dragged on into a ninth day.
Nasrallah said though the protests began as a popular expression of anger against corruption and deepening economic crisis, they were now being exploited by political rivals and international and regional powers who oppose Hezbollah.