October 25, 2019 / 2:38 PM / 25 days ago

Lebanon Hezbollah leader urges supporters to avoid protests

Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah ride in a vehicle decorated with Hezbollah and Lebanese flags and a picture of him, as part of a convoy in the southern village of Kfar Kila, Lebanon October 25, 2019. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

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

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