Syrian Rebels Kill 3 Hezbollah Members in Lebanon

Day after ISIS and Al Qaeda-linked rebels kill three Lebanese soldiers, Hezbollah targeted in suicide bombing.

Ari Yashar ,

Funeral of Hezbollah terrorist (file)
Funeral of Hezbollah terrorist (file)
Reuters

At least three Hezbollah terrorists were killed on Saturday night in eastern Lebanon by a suicide bombing, apparently carried out by either Al Qaeda or Islamic State (ISIS) linked terrorists.

The attack took place in the village of Khreibeh near the Syrian border, reports the Lebanese Daily Star, and comes a day after three Lebanese army soldiers were killed in the Bekaa Valley.

Two soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb on Friday in the northeastern town of Arsal, which ISIS briefly captured last month establishing a foothold in Lebanon; just hours earlier Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front terrorists executed a captive soldier.

Lebanese army units on Saturday night have been attacking Syrian rebel positions around Arsal.

The rebels, who include members of Nusra Front and ISIS, are holding at least 21 Lebanese soldiers and police taken captive following their capture of Arsal, reports Daily Star.

Hezbollah, a Shi'ite proxy of Iran, has been fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria, which has squared them off against Syrian rebel forces - a policy that, as seen in the recent attack, has been coming home to roost in Lebanon.

Nusra Front is among the Syrian rebel forces that have recently captured the entire Syrian side of the Golan Heights, extending their reach towards Israel and Lebanon.

Reports last Tuesday clarified that Nusra Front and other rebels have started entering Lebanon as well, clashing with Hezbollah in the Qalmoun mountain region.

Meanwhile Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has expressed his fears of the ISIS "monster," calling the fight with the group "a battle of life and death no less important than fighting the Israeli enemy, as (ISIS) actions and objectives only serve Israel."

The Hezbollah leader likewise called ISIS an "existential threat" to the Middle East.



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