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Bahrain foreign minister blasts Lebanon over Hezbollah statement

Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa attends the closing session of the Gulf Coorporation Council (GCC) summit in Manama on December 7, 2016. / AFP / STRINGER

BEIRUT: Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa condemned Lebanon over a Hezbollah statement made Tuesday.

"The Lebanese government is responsible for statements made by its partner Hezbollah and its aggressive terrorist leader that insults the Kingdom of Bahrain," al-Khalifa said in a Tweet Tuesday. "Enough empty words and promises."

Hezbollah's press office released an official statement blasting Bahraini authorities over a raid that took place in Shiite cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim's hometown in Bahrain.

"Anyone who touches the life, safety, or dignity of his Eminence Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim will open issues...that nobody can predict its consequences," the statement read. "What happened is the responsibility of those behind the decision; the terrorist regime of the House of Saud."

The statement added, "And this happened after the king of Bahrain reassured his master Donald Trump that there will be no tension between the two countries..."

Hezbollah praised Qassim as a "symbol of civil peace" and the "guarantor" of moderate Islam, adding that attacks against him are "unjust" and "unfair."

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah is set to speak Thursday.

A series of raids took place in Qassim's hometown of Diraz as a sit-in took place.

Police broke into the 80 year-old cleric's home where some protesters hid, though he was not arrested.

286 were arrested, and at least five were killed in the operation.

Bahraini authorities stripped Qassim of his citizenship in June 2016.

 

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