Rebels to Hizbullah: Stop Attacking Us

Free Syrian Army warns Hizbullah to end its involvement in the Syrian conflict within 24 hours.

Elad Benari ,

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah
AFP/Manar TV

An official with the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) warned the Hizbullah terror group on Tuesday to end its involvement in the Syrian conflict and stop backing government troops.

Brigadier General Salim Idris, the current chief of Staff of the Supreme Military Council of the FSA, told Al Arabiya, “If the attacks of Hizbullah [on] Syrian territory do not stop within 24 hours, we will take all measures to hunt Hizbullah, even in hell.”

“I will no longer be bound by any commitments I made if a decision to stop the attacks... is not taken and implemented,” he warned.

Idris said “everyone” should “excuse FSA” for retaliating as “we are being subjected to genocide conducted by Hizbullah.”

Qusayr, a town in the central province of Homs, became the flashpoint of confrontation between Hizbullah terrorists and the armed opposition battling President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The Iran-backed Hizbullah sent almost 1,700 fighters to Qusayr more than a week ago to support the regime’s assault on the rebel stronghold.

Initially Hizbullah said it wanted only to defend 13 Syrian villages along the border where Lebanese Shiites live, and the Sayyeda Zeinab shrine near Damascus, which is revered by Shiites around the world, noted Al Arabiya.

However, its terrorists later encircled Qusayr with regime troops before the launch of a withering assault on the strategic border town that is home to 25,000 people.

A draft resolution condemning the Syrian regime’s use of foreign fighters in the rebel-held area will be debated on Wednesday by the UN’s top rights body, AFP reported.

The draft resolution, presented on Tuesday, “condemns the intervention of foreign combatants fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime in al-Qusayr,” an implicit reference to the involvement of Hizbullah in the fierce battle for the strategic town.

At least 75 Hizbullah members have already been killed fighting alongside Assad’s soldiers, and Hizbullah head Hassan Nasrallah vowed Saturday to continue the group’s support for Assad.

Meanwhile, the fighting in Syria has continued to spill into Lebanon. On Monday, cross-border mortar shells from Syria killed one person and wounded another near the eastern Lebanese town of Hermel.

The incident came one day after two rockets exploded in southern Beirut on Sunday morning. The rockets hit the Hizbullah-dominated neighborhood of Dahiya, injuring at least four people.