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Hezbollah, which provoked a war with Israel by kidnapping two Israeli soldiers in 2006, has wide support in southern Lebanon.

The State Department said that more than a dozen men, and not everyone in the crowd, threw the stones.

Ms. Sison managed to get back into her car and continued with her schedule, spokesman Tom Casey told reporters.

President Bush has nominated Ms. Sison, who has been in charge of the embassy since Ambassador Jeffrey D. Feltman left in January, to serve as ambassador, but the Senate has not confirmed her appointment.

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