Lebanon's Shi'ites Divided over Hizbullah's Role in Syria

(Asharq al-Awsat-UK) Fahd Al-Zayabi - Hizbullah's intervention in the conflict in Syria is not unanimously supported by Lebanon's Shi'ite community, said the head of Lebanon's Free Shi'a Movement, Sheikh Mohammad Al-Hajj Hassan. Hassan claimed that more than 300,000 Lebanese Shi'ites oppose Hizbullah and its policies, a figure that is rising after the Shi'ite militia revealed itself to be "a party of fighters and murderers following its intervention in the Syrian crisis." The Free Shi'a Movement is a Lebanese political group allied with the March 14 Alliance (led by Saad Hariri, younger son of Rafik Hariri, the assassinated former prime minister of Lebanon). Hassan also said that Syrian refugees in Lebanon are being harassed by Hizbullah fighters who have forcibly entered the homes of refugees, demanding identification documents.

2013-06-18 00:00:00

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