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'Saudi fabricated crisis with Lebanon'

The leader of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, says Saudi Arabia had fabricated a crisis with Lebanon over a Lebanese minister’s criticism of the kingdom’s war on Yemen. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that Riyadh’s exaggerated reaction to the information minister’s comments was an excuse to open a front against the resistance movement. He called a baseless lie the Saudi claim that Lebanon is being controlled by Hezbollah. Nasrallah also accused the kingdom of seeking to provoke a civil war by pushing its allies in Lebanon to stand against the resistance. Last month, Lebanese Information Minister, George Kordahi slammed the Saudi-led onslaught on Yemen. The criticism angered Riyadh, which expelled the Lebanese ambassador. Some of its allies also recalled their ambassadors and block imports from Lebanon.

Iran dismisses Israel's threats

A senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has dismissed repeated Israeli threats against the country. Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, who is the head of the IRGC's aerospace division, noted that Iran enjoys exemplary security. He said the country’s drones are a thorn in the side of its enemies. The top commander added that the fact that some countries are seeking to negotiate Iran’s missile program and have imposed an arms embargo on it is a testimony of Tehran’s defense capabilities. 

EU-Belarus tensions

Belarus has threatened to retaliate against any new European Union sanctions against Minsk, saying any such move will lead to the shutting down of the transit of natural gas via the country. President Alexander Lukashenko also hit Europe with fresh rebuke, saying while Belarus is warming the continent, the 27-member bloc is threatening Minsk. The escalation followed amid a migrant crisis on the Belarusian border with EU member Poland. Lukashenko also claimed that the migrants on the border had been receiving weapons and explosives from conflict-hit eastern Ukraine. The president called on the Belarusian military to be vigilant. Lukashenko ‘s warning came after the EU said it would hit Belarus with fresh sanctions next week over the migrant crisis.

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