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A Royal Saudi Air Force fighter jet illustrative

A Royal Saudi Air Force fighter jet illustrative

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have accused Iran of supplying the ballistic missile used in that attack.

Lebanon relaunched the tendering competition for the exploration and production rights in January after a three-year delay due to political paralysis.

Lebanon's Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil on Friday called on companies bidding in its first round of licensing to explore for oil and gas in its Mediterranean waters to begin technical discussions, suggesting the process would continue despite the political crisis.

Lebanese officials have said Hariri is likely to be under either house arrest or in temporary detention in Riyadh.

The Saudis had not estimated the kind of shock and backlash that Hariri's resignation would create, said Maha Yahya, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center.

Saleh al-Sammad, the head of the Presidency Council of Yemen's rebels, also known as Houthis, told a rally of thousands of supporters marching down a main boulevard in the capital, Sanaa, that the coalition has "shut down all doors for peace and dialogue".

Speaking in Beirut on Friday, Hassan Nasrallah said he was sure that Saad Hariri was forced to resign as part of Saudi Arabia's policy of stoking sectarian tensions in Lebanon.

Hariri, a dual Lebanese and Saudi national whose family made a fortune in the kingdom, has made several official appearances since he stepped down, possibly in an attempt to dispel rumors his movements are restricted.

Hariri, who announced his resignation last week in a televised address from Riyadh, has yet to return to Lebanon.

Several TV stations, including NBN TV, owned by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, didn't broadcast the Hariri interview - adopting President Michel Aoun's position that given Hariri's circumstances, "his words will not reflect the truth". A UN-backed tribunal has charged Hezbollah members with the killing, which took place shortly before Syria's military pullout from Lebanon, but the group denies involvement.

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