After announcing his resignation during a visit to Saudi Arabia last week, Lebanon’s former prime minister, Saad Al Hariri, posted a photo of himself on Twitter.
Much of Twitter’s community of users, however, were convinced something was wrong. One comment below Hariri’s photo expressing concern that he was “not okay”.
“This image breaks my heart,” said one user, while another wrote, “Sheikh Saad you look upset and distressed. Did someone harm you? Did someone shout at you? Tell us what they did to you in Saudi Arabia. May you return in good health.”
Users then started using the Arabic hashtag “#FreeSaadHariri”. It followed claims by Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, that Hariri was abducted by the Saudi leadership.
Saudi state minister for Gulf affairs, Thamer al Sabhan, said that the Lebanese government will be treated as “declaring war” on Saudi Arabia because of Hezbollah’s “aggression” after accusing the party of engaging in terrorist activities on Saudi soil.
The speaker of the Lebanese parliament, Nabih Berri, said today that the Lebanese government remains in place despite the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.