>> Iran's supply of rockets to a Yemeni militia could be an act of war against Saudi Arabia, it's crown prince says. Mohammed bin Salman stepping up the pressure after his kingdom intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen towards Riyadh Airport at the weekend. Saudi led forces are fighting the Iran allied Houthi militia in Yemen, a war that has killed more than 10,000 people.
The Saudi foreign minister also said Hezbollah was behind the launch of the missile. Lebanon too dragged into the fray, another Saudi minister saying Beirut had declared war on the kingdom. Tuesday's comments by Gulf Affairs Minister, Thamer Al-Sabhan, referring to what he called aggression by Hezbollah, also backed by Iran.
The two powers are waging proxy wars across the region, backing rival warring sides in Yemen, Iraq and Syria and opposing political factions in Beirut. The dramatic escalation of the crisis threatens to destabilize tiny, fragile Lebanon. It's Saudi backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned at the weekend citing a plot against him and accusing Iran and Hezbollah of sowing strife.
His announcement, made from Riyadh, toppled a power sharing government that included Hezbollah ministers that shocked even his aides. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is saying Riyadh had forced him to do it. Some in Lebanon are speculating that billionaire Hariri has been caught up in an anti corruption purge in Saudi Arabia under which royals, ministers, and investors have been detained in a posh hotel.
Price Mohammed bin Salman taking dramatic steps to assert his own power at home and abroad.