Report: 5,000 Pro-Hizbullah Fighters Defending Lebanese-Inhabited Border Towns in Syria

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There are near daily clashes in Syria close to the Lebanese border between rebels and fighters loyal to Hizbullah, Agence France Presse quoted local residents as saying on Wednesday.

Activists have long accused Hizbullah, a long-time recipient of support from Syria, of joining the fight to crush the 19-month insurgency against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

The fighting is taking place in Syrian villages inhabited mainly by Lebanese, in an area where the common border is not well-defined and where many villages actually straddle the frontier.

"Our villages are being attacked by rebels who want to enter, and we defend ourselves," a resident of Zeita, whose village has seen frequent clashes, told AFP on Wednesday, requesting anonymity.

Clashes are taking place "in some 20 Shiite villages in (the central Syrian province of) Homs, which are inhabited by some 30,000 people," he added.

Assad is an Alawite, a sect that is an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

"More than 5,000 armed men are protecting our villages, and most of them are close to Hizbullah," the resident said. "Some 16 fighters have been killed since the start of the conflict."

Rebels also report frequent clashes.

"Hizbullah transports weapons and ammunition across the border in ambulances, day and night," said Fahd al-Masri, a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army's joint command.

"They take the international road, without stopping at the border post."

Asked by reporters in Beirut on Wednesday about Hizbullah's role in Syria, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said: "Nobody has discussed this with me, not today, not previously."

Last Thursday, Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the party had taken no decision to enter the fighting in Syria but that some Lebanese living there had taken up arms to "defend themselves."

"The party has nothing to do with their decision, but I cannot tell them not to go fight," said Nasrallah.

Comments 35
Default-user-icon Someone (Guest) 17 October 2012, 20:25

May god be with them!

Missing gabby6 17 October 2012, 20:56

So the Hezz are only interested in protecting Shia? 5,000 fighters will not be enough after ASSad falls.

Missing mohammad_ca 18 October 2012, 15:45

ASSad has already fallen

Thumb thepatriot 17 October 2012, 21:17

Mowaten, if you have a bit of self-esteem, shut up! Your posts are being ridiculous. You're in total denial when it does not suit you, always make reference to conspiracy theories when it does, deny other theories when it doesn't... all this with a one sided conviction that won't be questioned. Stop the bleed ... zip it!

Thumb thepatriot 18 October 2012, 10:21

@theresistance... you obviously don't read my posts... more likely, you don't understand them. In any case, go resist... on your Playstation!

Thumb thepatriot 18 October 2012, 11:00

sorry but I officially give up with you... you're anchored way too deep in some kind of dementia resulting from brain washing, propaganda, whatever... as a result your arguments have become truly ridiculous. Enjoy your life in your lalaland.

Missing jayjay 18 October 2012, 14:30

i'd respect your alpha "human?" if he'd own up to what he does and actually says yes we have fighters in Syria and yes Assad has helped us grow from a tiny baby "FEEDING" on Assad and Iran, to a fearless militia...so it is our job to help Assad in slaughtering all Syrians who oppose.... yalla hopefully you'll get your turn to go jihading!!! ma heik? mish labayka ya nasrallah??? yalla rou7 alla ma3ak inta wil 5000..hopefully they will be 20 and 30,000 soon kamen...GOOD RIDDANCE.."

Missing jihadists_r_cowards 17 October 2012, 21:33

What is your point? Does HA smuggle weapons or not?

Thumb libnani 17 October 2012, 21:34

I agree. If FSA or Syrian army attacks Lebanese soil, we have the right to defend ourselves. Whether Muslim or Christian, Sunni or Shiite, we are all Lebanese and must stand together if the Syrians want to bully us. It's a shame we are divided even though we all truly want the same thing.

Thumb thefool 18 October 2012, 06:16

Well said. No One can Bully us if we stick together.

To the outside world, We are Lebanese, No foreigner can talk about Lebanese Christians or Muslims, they refer to us as Lebanese.

Internally, sure, if we need to define Sunni, Maronite, Shia, Orthodox, Druze, Catholique,... It's ok, but NO foreigner can refer to us as such, once they do, alarm bells should go off in Our heads with clear intentions to divide us, and this cannot happen, at least not anymore.

Lebanese have matured, the same generation saw way too much.

Missing jihadists_r_cowards 17 October 2012, 21:35

You approve of militiamen from your country to illegally enter another country for the purpose of interfering with that country's internal security problems? Are you serious?

Missing realist 18 October 2012, 01:14

you are like cattle, no brains, no thining, you believe everything your master tells you. Germans believed hitler, hitler was also hiding in a bunker, read some history, those who hide in bunkers are always anti-reality and bring death and destruction: hitler, saddam, bin laden, and now nasralah.

Missing realist 18 October 2012, 01:16

they are very lucky lol. and we are super lucky in lebanon to have hizbustan basicaly pick a fight with 20 million muslim syrian who sooner or later would send their crazies across the border to us and destroy lebanon. people hiding in bunkers can not be good news.

Missing peace 18 October 2012, 12:01

unless.... hmmmmm..... they don t receive as much aid as your propaganda sells it.... think about it!

Missing mohammad_ca 18 October 2012, 15:20

so the free syrian army can go in and defend the syrian workers and refugees in lebanon...also i have relatives in syria, then i should be allowed to go and defend them..that is what you (or rather your master nasrocrap) is saying...

Thumb lebanon_first 17 October 2012, 22:03

Simple. If those chiia are DEFENDING the lebanese of these 20 villages of syria, they are right. If they are ATTACKING outside these 20 villages, then they are wrong.

Thumb lebanon_first 17 October 2012, 22:08

HA loves those towns that straddle accross countries like chebaa, ghajar, and now these villages. They dont like clear borders and state authority.

These ambiguous borders give them a raison d'etre and reinforce their paradigm of clanic/milicia control of populations instead of centralized state authority.

Thumb shab 17 October 2012, 22:52

Typical armed militia filth

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 18 October 2012, 00:05

so from now on its a secterian mazhabi war..hizballah is defending the shia and the "terrorists" are defending the sunnis..
N.B. an advice to the merchants:import a lot of corn and butter, it will be a long movie...el adou el sahyuni is already doing it.ENJOY.

Missing realist 18 October 2012, 01:08

Did it ever occur to you that the "border town" bullshit is just a pretext and a cheap stunt to hide the real truth that hizbustan is involved up to its nose in the atrocities against the Syrian people? May 7 was also defense lol, everything is defense 3indkun. By the way , israel also calls its army IDF lol, little difference bayantkun. I just hope and pray that there are smart folks in the she3a community that would prevent the worse scenarios to come, sooner or later there will be people "defending" their suni villages, druze villages, christian villages, etc. balki btkoon mabsoot.

Missing realist 18 October 2012, 01:10

ya zalami how brainwashed exactly are you? lol.. ye3ni what were the iranians doing in Damascus? lol.. the iranians are saying outloud that they are involved, and since hizzie is a subset of iran it is involved by default, roo7 l3ab ghaira, you are going to destroy lebanon inta and amsalak.

Missing realist 18 October 2012, 01:13

i agree, because the west supports israel and israel supports the regime in syria. If the west was really so bothered with bashar and the mumana3a they would have gotten rid of him from day 1.

Missing realist 18 October 2012, 01:19

Ye3ni what did you guys expect hizbustan to say ?? "Yes we are involved in killing the Syrian people"?? lol lol.. of course they will come up with some BS rhetoric to convince first and foremost their own cattle who is not very happy with their own men dying in Syria. This is rhetoric 101 guys, not even worth all these comments. Hitler too had a MORAL reason to attack poland lol. EH.. hizbustan are a bunch of angels who only defend lol hahaha as thoug they did not kill hariri, jubran, etc.. as though they did not kill THEIR OWN PEOPLE back in the 80's (for those kids on here who are in denial)

Missing whyaskwhy 18 October 2012, 11:04

Great I feel so much safer now knowing that our nation is nesteld safely in the hands of Iran! Now how can we get them to to also manage our finances to match thiers? can we also get our president to get rid of his tie and change our weekend dates too?

Default-user-icon Mick (Guest) 18 October 2012, 11:33

This article is ridiculous. We all know what the Hezbollah terrorists are doing in Syria. They have already contributed to the death of hundreds of Syrian civilians on there own. The President of Lebanon must put pressure on these terrorist otherwise, there will be consequences and the FSA will eventually have a free hand in South Beirut. This is only fair.

Thumb slash 18 October 2012, 12:16

they bring them to Lebanon , when the Dan embassy was attacked in Lebanon we never heard that Danemark sent 5000 soldiers to protect their citizen in LEbanon ... there are rules , if the borders are not marked it is the problem of the government and it should assume it , bring back those lebanese to lebanon , and mark the borders and if those villages are outside in Syria it is called interference , but Logic is not really the lebanese strong point and everyone bado ynazer 3ala zaw2o , those actions are not allowed !

Default-user-icon John (Guest) 18 October 2012, 12:58

they do? wow, we have a new law.

Default-user-icon John (Guest) 18 October 2012, 13:09

An we have a lawyer now. What law is that? Aw are we just producing them as per conveniance now?

Missing whyaskwhy 18 October 2012, 14:07

whats rediculous is that we have people that are still under the notion that two opposing states withen the same state can exist! People who still kid themselves that Hizballah serves the interest of the whole nation are missguided indeed, they are certainly not Lebanese.

Missing mohammad_ca 18 October 2012, 15:15

false ? did you listen to your master speak? he even admitted to providing them aid and they had a "jihadi" burial for those that are killed...

Missing mohammad_ca 18 October 2012, 15:16

I like it when hizbolla supporters talk about sectarianism......

Missing mohammad_ca 18 October 2012, 15:18

so if hizbocrap has allowed itself to go in and defend "lebanese in syrian villages" does that mean that the free syrian army is allowed to come in and protect syrian refugees and workers in lebanon? i don't see why not it only seems fair....

Missing mohammad_ca 18 October 2012, 15:51

lol hizbocrap supporters talking about hypocrisy...this must be the world's lucky day...

Missing mohammad_ca 18 October 2012, 15:53

oh you also talked about democracy...snap...how does that actually work with vilayat el faqih tell me?? also, did you elect nasrocrap? who elected him? who does he answer to? 2al democracy 2al...

Missing mohammad_ca 18 October 2012, 20:37

you ran away from the issue at hand which is you, a hizbocrap supporter, criticizing others with their lack of democracy and then you say that a person who holds weapons, who is claiming that he speaks for Lebanese, who is claiming that he fights for Lebanese...and not being held accountable for his actions? Where is democracy ya...democrat inta....