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Hezbollah leader makes rare public appearance in Lebanon

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Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, second right, escorted by his bodyguards, greets his supporters at an anti-U.S. protest in Beirut's southern suburbs on Sept. 17. Nasrallah has been living in hiding to avoid assassination since Hezbollah fought a month-long war with Israel in 2006.

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Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters.

By NBC News staff and wire reports

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah made a rare public appearance in Beirut on Monday, calling for sustained protests against an anti-Islam film that already has provoked a week of demonstrations aimed at Western interests in Muslim countries worldwide.

"The world should know our anger will not be a passing outburst but the start of a serious movement that will continue on the level of the Muslim nation to defend the Prophet of God," Nasrallah told tens of thousands of marchers in Beirut's southern suburbs. Continue reading the full story.

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Supporters of Hezbollah burn an Israeli flag during a mass rally to denounce an anti-Islam US-made film, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on Sept. 17.

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Lebanon's Hezbollah al-Mahdi girl scouts carry a banner and wave a Lebanese flag as they march at an anti-U.S. protest in Beirut's southern suburbs on Sept. 17. The Arabic on the headscarves read, "In your name prophet of God."

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Supporters of Hezbollah carry banners and Hezbollah flags as they march during a mass rally to denounce an anti-Islam U.S.-made film, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on Sept. 17.

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