Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri fled the country for fear of his life. Speaking from an undisclosed location in Saudi Arabia where he took refuge during a trip to Riyadh, Hariri announced his resignation.
He blamed Iran and Hezbollah for plotting to kill him and lambasted Iran’s “evil” influence in the region.
“We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik Hariri,” he said.
Rafik Hariri was Saad’s father and the former prime minister who was assassinated in 2005, in what was widely believed to be by the hand of Hezbollah. “I am aware of what is being plotted to target my life,” he continued.
“The evil that Iran spreads in the region will backfire on it,” Hariri vowed. “Iran has a grip on the fate of the region’s countries … Hezbollah is Iran’s arm not just in Lebanon but in other Arab countries too.”
Hariri was in office less than a year. He presided over a nation unity cabinet that included Hezbollah.