Lebanese authorities detain pro-Hezbollah singer over songs, including anti-Saudi ballad

Lebanese judicial officials and the father of a pro-Hezbollah singer say authorities have detained the artist over some of his songs, including one that calls Saudi Arabia a "terrorist."

Ali Barakat became known last year after releasing songs related to Syria's civil war, including one about the opposition stronghold of Yabroud that was captured earlier this year by Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters.

Mohammed Barakat said Tuesday that his son was detained Monday when he went to collect his passport from the General Directorate of General Security in the southern town of Nabatiyeh.

In April, authorities issued a summons for Barakat over releasing sectarian songs that "harm Lebanon's relations" with Arab countries.

Saudi Arabia is one of the main backers of Syrian rebels. Hezbollah backs Syrian President Bashar Assad.