Hizbullah Fighters' Families Unhappy about Syria Involvement

(Asharq Al-Awsat-UK) Zaid Bin Kami - A source told Asharq Al-Awsat that the increasing numbers of Hizbullah soldiers killed in Syria, including some senior commanders, has raised concerns among Lebanese Shi'ites, prompting a visit by residents of Ba'albak to Hizbullah Shura member Mohamed Yazbek, demanding a halt to deployment of their men to Syria. They said while their children had fought the Israelis in 2006, their men's participation in the fight against the Syrian people, in defense of the Syrian government, was shameful and unacceptable. Hizbullah is experiencing difficulties because it cannot withdraw from fighting alongside the Syrian government, especially at this time. Leading figures within Hizbullah plan to send a delegation to Iran to explain the difficulties and tell the Iranian leadership that the party was no longer able to support the Syrian government alone by sending fighters from Lebanon, and that Iran had to send more Iranian fighters than it did before. The source said the numbers of Hizbullah fighters in Syria had increased noticeably. Following Hizbullah's leader's visit to Tehran and Damascus three months ago, more than 20 units were sent to Syria from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley by Hizbullah, each battalion numbering 100 men.

2013-07-09 00:00:00

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