BEIRUT - Syria's leading opposition group called on Wednesday for rebels across the country to send reinforcements to the strategic border town Qusair, where heavy fighting has drawn in fighters from Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement.
Rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad said air strikes and shelling rocked the small town on the Syrian-Lebanese border that has become a fierce battleground that could determine control of critical supply lines.
George Sabra, acting head of the opposition National Coalition, called on fighters to send arms and men to the area, citing concern over sectarian violence and "foreign invaders" from Hezbollah and Iran, the group's main patron.
"O sons of the Syrian revolution, foreign forces are invading your country ... They aim to destroy your lives, so rush to defend your nation," Sabra said in a written statement.