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Syrian Rebels Stick With Hezbollah on Israel

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Members of Syrian National Council at the first congress in Tunis at 19 December 2011. In the middle Dr. Burhan Ghalioun, president of SNC and to his right Haitham al-Maleh, executive branch of SNC. Photo: wiki commons.

As violence continues in Syria, the largest of the Syrian opposition groups—known as the Syrian National Council—has begun to criticize Hezbollah for its support of the Assad regime. The criticism does not extend, however, to Hezbollah’s policy regarding Israel.

Dr. Burhan Ghalioun, head of the opposition group, said that, “Hezbollah is not our enemy. On the contrary—the greatest support in the Arab World for Hezbollah came from the Syrians because it performed a noble deed when it stood up to Israel and blocked an Israeli attack,” according to Haaretz. Even if many Syrians are now suspicious of Hezbollah due to its support of the bloody Assad regime, “alliances depend on interests, and we want to realize our goals,” he added.

In the meantime, 13 Syrian opposition activists were reportedly killed last week while trying to rescue besieged journalists in the city of Homs. More than 7,500 Syrians have been killed since March 2011, according to the Washington Post.

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