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Hezbollah Leader Blames Bush for Chaos in Lebanon


The leader of the Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah is blaming President Bush for last week's sectarian violence in Lebanon.

Speaking to a large crowd in Beirut Tuesday, Hassan Nasrallah accused Mr. Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of seeking to spark a civil war in Lebanon. He also asserted that the Bush administration ordered Israel to attack Hezbollah positions in the country last year.

The July-August war between Israel and Hezbollah killed about 1,200 people in Lebanon and about 160 Israelis.

On Monday, President Bush said Hezbollah, along with Syria and Iran, are responsible for last week's violence in Lebanon between government supporters and the Hezbollah-led opposition. Seven people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

Some in Lebanon are concerned that sectarian tensions will spin out of control and might lead to a civil war like the one that raged from 1975 to 1990.

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