Hezbollah supporters protest against U.S. envoy over diplomatic spat

A number of Hezbollah supporters protested on Sunday in Dahie, Beirut’s southern suburbs, against the U.S. ambassador in Lebanon for her remarks blaming Hezbollah for the economic crisis in the country, LBCI local TV channel.

The envoy Dorothy Shea announced earlier this week that Hezbollah stands behind the economic and financial crisis in Lebanon.

The ambassador’s remarks prompted Lebanese judge Mohammad Mazeh to prevent the Lebanese media from covering any speeches by Shea.

The U.S. embassy then criticized the judge’s decision.

The Lebanese Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti will receive Shea on Monday and issue an official stance on the judge’s decision.

This recent diplomatic spat between Lebanon and the United States deepened divisions among different political parties and raised concerns about respect of public freedom in the country.