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Lebanon Urges Self-Restraint after Killing of Iranian Scientist

Lebanon Urges Self-Restraint after Killing of Iranian Scientist

Monday, 30 November, 2020 - 12:30
In this picture released by Iran's Defense Ministry and taken on Nov. 28, 2020, people pray over the coffin of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a funeral in Mashhad, Iran. (AP)

Lebanon on Monday called for self-restraint following the assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist, to avoid a slide towards the “worst scenario”.

Lebanon, which is home to the heavily armed, Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, condemned the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last Friday in an ambush near Tehran.

Iran has blamed Israel.

In a statement, the Lebanese foreign ministry urged “all parties to exercise the greatest degrees of self-restraint to avoid the slide towards the worst scenario in the region”.

Hezbollah, which was founded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in 1982, has said the response for the assassination is in Iran’s hands.

Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.

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