Reports: Free Syrian Army shelling Hezbollah positions
The Free Syrian Army has reportedly begun shelling Hezbollah sites in Syria and Lebanon
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) is reported to have begun shelling Hezbollah positions on the Syrian-Lebanese border, following a 48 hour ultimatum issued to the Iran-backed terrorist group.
The notice, issued yesterday, insisted upon the cessation of Hezbollah operations in Syria, with the threat of assaults on Lebanese border positions belonging to the group.
FSA Chief of Staff Brigadier General Salim Idris yesterday told Al Arabiya News that Hezbollah, a staunch ally of President Bashar al-Assad, has 48 hours to end its involvement in Syria or the Syrian opposition army will begin targeting its positions in Lebanon.
In October 2012, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged that party members had fought Syrian rebels but said they were acting as individuals and not under the party’s direction.
Reports are now emerging that the Free Syrian Army has bombed two sites belonging to Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon, though initial claims are being denied by Hezbollah's allies in the region.
The positions are thought to be close to the Syrian border, near Hermel, where fighting broke out last weekend, and where 12 FSA fighters were reportedly killed by Hezbollah operatives.
The fighting between Hezbollah and rebels in the Syrian region of Qusayr, where many Lebanese Shiites reside, has intensified since last Friday. Qusayr is located just across the northeastern border with Lebanon.
Analysts have stated that the FSA's calculation in issuing the ultimatum is "a major miscalculation", claiming that the threats issued are ones that cannot realisitically be followed through, given the disparate nature and limited resources of the rebel group.
"The FSA has been unable to oust Bashar Assad despite two years of fighting. Opening up a second front against another strong foe would make this goal exponentially harder, if not impossible." said Sharif Nashashibi, a regular contributor to Al Arabiya English.
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