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Lebanese Shi’ites: Don’t Send Our Sons to Syria!

Lebanese Shi’ites tell Hizbullah they no longer want their children to provide the military support to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 7/7/2013, 2:41 PM

Funeral of slain Hezbollah member, May 21st
Funeral of slain Hezbollah member, May 21st
Reuters

Lebanese Shi’ites are starting to tell the Hizbullah terror organization they no longer want their children to provide the military support to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

The terror organization is facing pressure from its membership, which is tired of fighting war after war, according to a report published Sunday in the London-based A-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper.

In the period April 27 to May 1, and following a visit to Tehran by Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah some three months ago, Iran shipped arms by air to Syria 11 times, and more overland via Iraq, the newspaper reported.

In addition, the number of Hizbullah guerrilla fighters participating in the battles between Assad loyalists and rebel forces likewise increased significantly, the report said.

But newspaper quoted an Arab official who said senior Hizbullah officials also asked for troops to replace its fighters, telling government leaders in Tehran the group can no longer support the Assad regime’s defense on its own.

Shi’ite residents of the Ba’albek area reportedly met with Muhammad Yazbek of Hizbullah’s Shura Council over the issue, saying their children had already answered calls to resist the “Israeli occupation” in previous wars. 

They could no longer remain silent while Hizbullah fights the Syrian people under the excuse of protecting the Assad regime, the report said.

Meanwhile, reportedly the Iranian defense ministry has begun transferring to Damascus strategic weaponry that contains material considered illegal by the international community. Among the ordnance are surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, the report said.