Arab League hears warning of growing Hizbollah threat

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Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss ways to confront Iran and its Lebanese ally Hizballah, who the Arab allies accuse of interfering in their internal affairs.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Arab nations would raise the matter with worldwide organizations, including the UN Security Council.

According to a memo seen last week by AFP, the Saudi request for an Arab League meeting was based on a missile it says its air defences intercepted near Riyadh after being fired from Yemen on November 4.

He called on countries such as Lebanon "where Hizballah is a partner in government to carry their responsibility".

"The Lebanese Republic, in spite of our relations with it as a brotherly Arab nation is under the total control of this terrorist party", Mr Al Khalifa said, referring to Hizbollah.

The ministers, according to the final statement, said they supported any action to be taken by Saudi Arabia to protect its national security, within the boundaries of global legitimacy.

Saudi foreign minister, Adel Al Jubeir called for a unified stance by Arab countries against the Iranian threat.

Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of "direct military aggression" against the kingdom by supplying the Yemen rebels with ballistic missiles, but Tehran has denied any involvement.

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The arab League has joined the position of the Riad, as was said earlier its secretary-general Ahmed Aboul Gheit: "the arab capitals are in the line of fire of ballistic missiles to Tehran ".

Mr Al Jubeir stressed that the Kingdom would not stand idly in the face of Iran's "blatant aggression".

"A decision was taken that Lebanon would be presented by Antoine Azzam, the permanent representative to the Arab League", a source from the ministry told Reuters.

Along with that attack, the resolution highlighted the bombing of an oil pipeline in Bahrain this month as an example of Iran's threat to regional security.

They also tasked "the Arab group in NY to address the security council president to clarify Iranian violations" of a UN Security Council resolution on Teheran's ballistic missiles programme.

Iran, on the other hand, has supported Assad's government, providing it with billions of dollars' worth of economic and military aid since the civil war there began in 2011.

According to the members of the panel, the tightening of Yemen's blockade by the Saudi-led coalition and the invocation by Saudi Arabia of paragraph 14 of resolution 2216, which allows United Nations member states to take measures to prevent the transfer of military goods to Houthis, is allegedly an attempt to impede the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemeni civilians. Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a Shiite guerrilla group, and an assortment of Iranian-linked Shiite militias from places like Iraq and Afghanistan, have been fighting on Syrian government's side.

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