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Yemen dispute could hurt Lebanon

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah's verbal attack against Saudi Arabia and its regional allies in a televised speech March 27 about Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen could be part of a process leading to much greater tensions and even conflict in Lebanon.
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah talks to his Lebanese and Yemeni supporters through a giant screen during a speech against U.S.-Saudi aggression in Yemen, in Beirut's southern suburbs April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Aziz Taher  - RTR4XSC5
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BEIRUT — Lebanon is going above and beyond to maintain internal security and stability, despite the shaky situation in various Arab countries. This quest was finally represented by the dialogue between the Sunni Future Movement and Shiite Hezbollah, launched on Dec. 23, 2014, under the banner of alleviating tensions between Sunnis and Shiites, and is still ongoing, sparing the country security problems and neutralizing the region's conflicts.

However, Operation Decisive Storm, the Saudi Arabia-led military operation launched March 25 in Yemen, sent the internal situation in Lebanon out of the frying pan and straight into the fire. The operation contributed to fueling the political debate between the pro-Saudi Future Movement and Hezbollah, which supports the Houthis in Yemen, who are backed by Iran.

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