Daily Israel Report

Syrian Groups Condemn Hizbullah Attack on Villages Near Lebanon

Opposition groups condemned an attack by Hizbullah fighters on 3 Syrian villages near the Lebanese border as an "unprecedented invasion."
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 2/18/2013, 3:33 PM

FSA fighter walks through damaged apartment
FSA fighter walks through damaged apartment
Reuters

Opposition groups have condemned an attack by Hizbullah terrorist fighters on three Syrian villages near the Lebanese border Saturday, calling it an “unprecedented invasion.”

The Syrian National Council (SNC) and Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC) opposition groups said in a joint statement the attack occurred in the Qusayr region of Homs, in central Syria.

The guerrilla fighters, equipped with “multiple rocket launchers,” according to SRGC spokesperson Hade al-Abdallah, attacked the villages in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to the BBC.

Free Syrian Army (FSA) spokesperson Luay al-Miqdad called the Hizbullah attack an “unprecedented invasion,” the Lebanon-based An Nahar newspaper reported. “Hizbullah’s invasion is the first of its kind in terms of its organization, planning and coordination with the Syrian government air force,” Miqdad was quoted as saying.

At least three Shi’ite fighters – presumed to be members of the Hizbullah terrorist force – and five Syrian opposition fighters were killed in the clashes, according to unconfirmed reports. 

The Syrian Alawite minority sect to which Assad belongs is related to Shi’ite Islam, also observed by most Muslims in Iran, a strong supporter of Syria and a generous patron of Hizbullah as well.