Report: Assad explains Syria supporting Hizbullah because it fights Israel

Syrian President Bashar Assad told a Lebanese newspaper that his country supports Hizbullah because the terror group fights Israel, Army Radio reported overnight Friday. The Lebanese al-Akhbar daily reportedly quoted Assad as saying that Syria fully supports Hizbullah and regards its ties with Iran as strategic. The remarks by the Syrian president come amid growing tensions between Egypt and Hizbullah in recent days, following a major intelligence operation that uncovered a terror cell on Egyptian soil and brought to the arrest of 49 suspects with links to Hizbullah and Iran.