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Lebanon's Annual Marathon Turns Into Rally for Hariri Return

  • Hariri unexpectedly resigned from Saudi Arabia last week
  • Move has thrust Lebanon into the fore of Saudi-Iran Conflict
Runners at the Beirut Marathon.

Runners at the Beirut Marathon.

Photographer: Donna Abu-Nasr

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, in his shock resignation from Saudi Arabia a week ago, said fear of assassination had him running for his life. He hasn’t been seen in public since, and on Sunday, Lebanon’s annual marathon turned into a rally for his return. 

Many Christian and Muslim participants held banners of support for the premier, who traditionally takes part in the event. “We’re all waiting for you,” read one banner that displayed a picture of him clad in shorts from an earlier marathon he ran in.