Lebanese factions battle to control Yemen narrative

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Beirut – In a rally held to protest the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen, Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of being responsible for the emergence and growth of groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Qaeda.

“Where did the ideology of the groups that are destroying societies and countries come from? From which school of thought and books? From whose fatwas? Who is spreading this ideology across the world and building schools everywhere to teach Muslim youths this destructive takfiri ideology?” Nasrallah asked in his speech on Friday.

“Today, al-Qaeda and its branches – al-Nusra Front, ISIL, Boko Haram, al-Shabab – where did they all come from? Take a look at their books and ideology. Very clearly it is Saudi Arabia,” he said. On Yemen, Nasrallah added: “It is about time Muslims and Arabs told Saudi Arabia enough is enough.”

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