Lebanon's President Michel Sleiman cautioned the Shiite terrorist group Hizbullah on Friday over its fighting alongside regime troops in neighboring Syria, AFP reported.
“The resistance is more noble and more important than anything, and should not get bogged down in the sands of dissension, whether in Syria or Lebanon,” he said in a statement, referring to Hizbullah’s strong stance against Israel.
The statement comes after at least 75 fighters from Hizbullah were reported killed in Syria since first becoming involved in the war months ago.
A source close to the Shiite group told AFP on Thursday, “There have been 57 killed and 18 others who have died of their wounds since the start of its (Hizbullah’s) participation in the war in Syria.”
The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) has held Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah personally responsible for the situation in the Syrian border town of Qusayr, as sectarian tension was on the rise in neighboring Lebanon.
“We announced that Hassan Nasrallah will be held personally responsible for the current situation because he in person is meeting with all of [his fighters] before they head to Qusayr,” FSA spokesperson Louay Almokdad told Al Arabiya.
“We are today calling Nasrallah a killer of the Syrian people,” he added.
Hizbullah denied its involvement in Syria for some time, quietly burying terrorists killed in Syria.
The movement stopped hiding its dead when its leader Hassan Nasrallah paid homage to terrorists killed across the border on April 30.
Last year, as the ongoing civil war in Syria continued, Nasrallah publicly offered to place his terrorists at Assad’s disposal.
At least 23 people have been killed since Sunday in Syria-linked clashes between Sunni and Alawite residents in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli, Al Arabiya reported.
The violence is tied to the conflict in Syria, where the Sunni-led uprising is fighting to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, an Alawite.
The Syrian civil war has spilled into Lebanon on more than one occasion. U.S. President Barack Obama told Suleiman this week that he was concerned about the involvement of Lebanese Hizbullah terrorists in the fight in Syria.
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