The militant Shiite group Hezbollah and its political allies have made significant gains in Lebanon's parliamentary election. With almost all the votes counted, the Iran-backed group has taken more than a third of the seats in parliament.
The Iran-backed Hezbollah group and allies won just over half the seats in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years. The vote dealt a blow to Prime Minister Saad Hariri's legislative bloc.
Lebanese authorities took scores of ambassadors to alleged Hezbollah weapons sites after Benjamin Netanyahu accused the militia of modifying missiles in Beirut. Lebanon's top diplomat slammed the claims as "pure lies."
Lebanese voters are to elect the country's first legislature since 2009. The election for control of the 128-strong parliament has been overshadowed by civil war in neighboring Syria.
Lebanese officials have demanded the return of Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Saudi Arabia. The head of the militant group Hezbollah said the Saudis had "declared war" on Lebanon by holding Hariri against his will.
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