Saudi Arabia says Lebanon 'declaring war' against it

Saudi Arabia has accused the Lebanese government of declaring war against the country because of Hezbollah's "aggression", further escalating an already tense situation threatening to destabilise Lebanon.

The risk of an open-ended political crisis has loomed large over Lebanon's fragile stability since Saudi-allied Saad Hariri quit as prime minister on Saturday, blaming Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah for "sowing strife" in the region.

The unexpected move has also stoked fears of an escalation in the regional divide between Iran and the Gulf states, primarily Saudi Arabia, with Lebanon on the front lines.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut.

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