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Some members of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah are upset over the role
the movement is playing in the Syrian war by supporting regime President Bashar
Assad, according to a report on Wednesday in the Saudi-backed London-based daily
The casualties it is suffering in the regions of
Damascus and Homs as it fights alongside Assad’s forces has triggered debate
within the movement.
The criticism is mostly coming from families of the
Hezbollah fighters that are in Syria, but “it has started to infiltrate the
ranks of the fighters themselves, with some of them refusing to fight,”
according to unidentified sources quoted by the paper.
report noted that the movement’s supporters were united in defending the Lady
Zeinab Shi’ite religious site in Damascus.
The report should be taken
with extra caution, because it originates from those supporting the anti-Assad rebels, and it has not been confirmed by other sources.
Wednesday, Syrian rebels urged Lebanon to reign in Hezbollah and stop it from
attacking them in Syria, reported the Lebanese Daily Star.
National Coalition calls on the Lebanese government to exert control over its
borders and put an immediate stop to Hezbollah’s military operations on Syrian
territory,” the Syrian National Coalition said in a statement.
after Syrian rebels fired into Lebanon last weekend in retaliation for Hezbollah
Meanwhile, NOW Lebanon contributor Qassem Kassir wrote on
Thursday that Hezbollah views the Syrian conflict as existential.
the passing of time, their belief in the dangers of what is happening in Syria
and the importance of defending [Syria] is increasing because the battle there
is an existential and decisive one,” according to sources he quotes close to
NOW also quoted sources on Wednesday stating that four
Hezbollah fighters killed in Syria were buried on Tuesday in Nabatiya, which is
in south Lebanon.
Many Hezbollah fighters have died in Syria and are
being held at the Sheikh Ragheb Harb Hospital in Nabatiya, as the organization
is burying the fighters in installments so as not to draw
Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs published a
paper by Dr. Jacques Neriah stating that the Syrian regime is strong
enough to withstand large losses to its territory, despite predictions that
Assad’s fall is immanent.
“All those who hurriedly announced the demise
of the Assad regime realize to their dismay that the existing power structures
are strong enough to endure a war of attrition with the rebels,” he
He went on to state that the coalition of minorities supporting
Assad remains strong.
A key point Neriah makes is that most of the
information coming from Syria is from biased sources. He names the often-quoted
NGO, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as a branch of the Muslim
Brotherhood, which is part of the Islamist-dominated opposition forces.