Hezbollah Stronghold in Lebanon Hit by Syrian Rockets
A pair of rockets hit a car dealership and a residential building in Hezbollah strongholds in south Beirut on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.
The attack on Hezbollah in Lebanon may be the result of spillover from the Syrian Civil War. Hezbollah’s fighters have been increasingly involved in support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s fight against the rebels.
Last week, speaking on the anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah attempted to link his group’s involvement in Syria to defending Lebanon.
“If Syria falls into the hands of America, Israel and takfiris [Muslims accused by other Muslims of apostasy], the resistance [Hezbollah] will be besieged and Israel will enter Lebanon and impose its will,” Nasrallah said, as reported by Israel Hayom.
Nasrallah added that if Syria falls, “Palestine will be lost” and “the people of our region and its nations will enter a bad and dark period.”
In response, Syrian rebel leaders accused Hezbollah of aiding the Syrian government and vowed attacks against the terrorist group.
“We used to say before, ‘We are coming Bashar.’ Now we say, ‘We are coming Bashar and we are coming Hassan Nasrallah,'” said Col. Abdul-Jabbar al-Aqidi, commander of the Syrian rebels’ Military Council in Aleppo, according to the Associated Press.