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Lebanon Hezbollah leader urges supporters to avoid protests

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Riot police confront Hezbollah supporters during ongoing anti-government protests in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, October 25, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah urged his group’s supporters on Friday to stay away from nationwide protests aimed at ousting the country’s ruling elite.

In a televised speech Nasrallah said Lebanon was being “targeted” internationally and regionally, and he expressed fear that someone was looking to plunge the country into civil war.

Reporting by Tom Perry, Samia Nakhoul, Laila Bassam; Editing by Hugh Lawson

Source: Reuters: World News