'We will chase down Hezbollah even in hell’

Syrian rebel group head: Unless Hezbollah halts attacks, we would "chase them down"; 3 Lebanese soldiers killed near border.

By REUTERS
May 29, 2013 00:42
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Lebanese soldiers (file)

Lebanese soldiers 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Brig.-Gen. Salim Idris, the head of the Western-backed Syrian rebel group, said on Tuesday that unless Hezbollah attacks were halted within 24 hours, the rebels would “chase down” the terrorist group.

“I tell Lebanese President [Michel Suleiman], Arab League Secretary-General [Nabil Elaraby] and UN Secretary-General [Ban Ki-moon] that if Hezbollah’s attack against Syrian territories does not stop within 24 hours, then we will take all measures and reach Hezbollah even in hell,” Idris told Al-Arabiya TV on Tuesday, as quoted by the Lebanese Daily Star.

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Unknown assailants killed three Lebanese soldiers on Tuesday near the eastern town of Arsal, which is an area used by Syrian rebels to smuggle weapons from their supporters in Lebanon. The military was searching for the gunmen who may have fled into neighboring Syria, Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn said.

Suleiman and Hezbollah condemned the killings.

Also on Tuesday, rockets were fired at the Lebanese Shi’ite town of Hermel, killing a woman and wounding two others. This follows the rocket attack on the Shi’ite Hezbollah stronghold of southern Beirut on Sunday, a day after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s speech, in which he declared his party’s unwavering support for the Syrian regime.

It is widely believed that Lebanese Sunnis allied with the Sunni rebels in Syria fired the rockets on Beirut.


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