A bomb discovered in the Hezbollah stronghold of south Beirut on Wednesday
reflected the increasing spillover of the Syrian war into Lebanon.
bomb had writing on it that included the signature of the al-Qaida-linked
al-Nusra Front along with anti-Hezbollah and anti-Syrian statements, according
to Lebanon’s Daily Star.
Hezbollah blocked off the area and disposed of
the bomb, preventing security forces from reaching the scene, the report
In Syria on Tuesday, 12 Hezbollah members were killed in an ambush
near Damascus, Al-Arabiya TV reported.
Sources close to the Lebanese
terrorist organization said the attack wounded more than 20 fighters and they
were transferred to a hospital in south Beirut.
This follows a steady
stream of reports that Hezbollah is involved in the fighting in Syria in an
effort to defend the regime of President Bashar Assad.
Also on Tuesday,
the Future Movement in Lebanon, headed by MP Saad Hariri, the younger son of the
assassinated former prime minister Rafik Hariri and the main member of the
anti-Hezbollah March 14 Alliance, criticized the terrorist groups involvement in
“We condemn the increase in the number of Lebanese dead in Syria
as a result of the continuing involvement of Hezbollah in the fighting,” the
Future Movement said, as quoted by the Daily Star.
The statement went on,
“[Hezbollah] has endorsed a new role for its arms in line with regional plans
and away from the Lebanese national interest.”
Hezbollah has made efforts
over the past years to appear as a Lebanese national movement, to appeal to the
masses and downplay its Islamic and Iranian associations. However, by increasing
its role in Syria to prop up Assad, the Shi’ite movement risks exposing itself
to criticism that it does not act in the interests of Lebanese.
has a history of parties and ethnic groups acting in their own interests rather
than in the interests of the state.
The Future Movement statement also
complained over the continued shelling of Lebanese territory by the Syrian
“Such involvement associates Lebanon with a number of dangers and
further hurts the image of Hezbollah, which has distanced itself from its
primary [purpose, which is] leading a resistance against the Israeli enemy,” MP
Atef Majdalani of the Future Movement said.
On Monday, two Hezbollah
fighters were killed alongside Syrian forces in the village of al-Qasayr near
the Lebanese border, AFP reported.