Saniora denounces Hizbullah leader Nasrallah

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora sharply denounced Hizbullah and its leader on Friday, a day after the guerrilla group's chief launched a scathing attack against the US-backed government, promising to eventually bring it down. The unprecedented trading of accusations and acid words between Saniora and Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah marked a sharp turn in Lebanon's political crisis and further stoked the tensions between the two sides that threatens to tear the country apart. "What we've seen yesterday was an unnecessary fit of anger and rudeness that we don't accept," Saniora told hundreds of supporters at his heavily fortified office complex where he has been holed up since the opposition launched street protests on December 1 to bring down his government.