Thousands of Hizbullah Fighters in Syria Protecting Assad Regime's Escape Route

(Ha'aretz) Amos Harel - Hizbullah fighters in Syria are taking an active part in the battle to secure the narrow corridor linking Damascus to the cities of Hama, Homs and Aleppo, and to the Alawite enclave in northwestern Syria. Some 180 Hizbullah fighters reportedly have been killed and 500 have been injured. Sources in Israel say they doubt Assad's statement Monday that he would respond to what he said were Israel's attacks by "renewing resistance on the border of the Golan Heights" by Palestinian groups. Most of the Palestinian factions have already cut ties with the Syrian regime and favor the Sunni opposition. The main Palestinian group still standing by the regime, Ahmed Jibril's group, has lost most of its operational capabilities in recent decades.

2013-05-09 00:00:00

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