Hezbollah declares war on Syrian rebels, says opposition
Syria's opposition has claimed that the terrorist outfit Hezbollah has declared war on them in support of Bashar al-Assad
George Sabra, a Christian recently named as interim president of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), has accused the Lebanon-based outfit Hezbollah of fighting on behalf of Bashar Al Assad in the town of Qusayr, in Homs province near the Lebanese border.
Following months of reported Hezbollah activity in Syria and even inside Lebanon, the SNC has claimed that Hezbollah is now at war with the opposition to Syria's dictator, Bashar al-Assad.
"What is happening in Homs is a declaration of war against the Syrian people and the Arab League should deal with it on this basis," Mr Sabra said.
"The Lebanese president and the Lebanese government should realise the danger that it poses to the lives of Syrians and the future relations between the two peoples and countries."
Reports suggest the use of Hezbollah artillery in Qusayr, where fighting has raged for days. Assad troops recently won control of a series of strategic villages in the area during the weekend.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Hezbollah forces were leading the battle in the area.
"It's Hezbollah that is leading the battle in Qusayr, with its elite forces," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.
"It's not necessarily fighters coming from Lebanon. It's Hezbollah fighters from Shiite villages on the Syrian side which are inhabited by Lebanese," he said.
The regime's capture of several villages in the area has raised fears among rebels that the town of Qusayr -- an opposition stronghold -- could also fall.
In recent days, the Assad regime has stepped up its battle in the war-torn country, reportedly targeting hospitals treating women and children.
Recent reports also suggest that Syrian forces have used chemical weapons against rebels several times.
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