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Hillary Clinton warns Hizbullah it can't stop UN tribunal

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A Shiite woman carries a picture of Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a rally on Nov. 11. / AP/Bilal Hussein

BEIRUT – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodhman Clinton warned Hezbollah against resorting to violence, saying the militant group cannot stop a U.N. court investigating the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister.

Clinton’s remarks came in an interview with Lebanon’s An-Nahar newspaper, published on Friday.

It followed a threat by Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah who on Thursday said his group will “cut the hand” of anyone who tries to arrest its members for the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri.

The Netherlands-based tribunal is expected to issue indictments soon, and speculation that members of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah could be targeted has fueled fears of violence and a political crisis in the country. Nasrallah, who claims the court is biased, has said he expects members of his group to be indicted.

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