Saleh Hodaife

Rebel withdrawal from Al-Qusayr
result of deal with Hezbollah

A well-informed source said that the withdrawal of Syrian rebels from Al-Qusayr came as a result of an agreement between the rebels and Hezbollah brokered by Lebanese centrist political leaders Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.


“The rebels withdrew from Al-Qusayr in exchange for lifting the siege off of the district and the evacuation of civilians and injured people,” the source told NOW.


Another source said that Jumblatt did not communicate directly with the Syrian regime but rather with Hezbollah through the Shiite party's top top security chief Wafiq Safa.


“Jumblatt expressed the [willingness] of the Syrian opposition to withdraw its rebels from Al-Qusayr on the condition that they be [allowed] to evacuate families and wounded people without being attacked,” the source told NOW.


After taking the approval of the Syrian regime, Safa informed Jumblatt that “the passages are now safe and known for those who wish to take them,” the source added.


Meanwhile, a PSP source told our website that the party and its leader “do not work in order to gain media fame, and every effort deployed in this field must be kept secret in order to keep negotiation channels open in case they are needed again.”


Another source also told NOW that “Berri worked through his [connections] to complete the deal fearing fatal repercussions on Lebanon in the event that the battle of Al-Qusayr was resolved militarily.”


A source close to Berri also noted that the parliament’s speaker was “keen to avoid a massacre in Al-Qusayr, which could have a negative influence on the already tense situation in Lebanon.”


Meanwhile, Alaa al-Basha of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army said that the rebels withdrew “due to lack of ammunition and weapons.”


He also told NOW that the withdrawal aimed at protecting civilians.


“We have called on all humanitarian councils and on the Red Crescent to open a safe road to transfer the injured,” he said.


On Wednesday, Syria's rebels conceded they had lost the battle for the strategic town of Al-Qusayr, after the army claimed it had seized total control of it and the surrounding region.


At the same time, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighters from the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, who had spearheaded the regime's assault, were in control of the town.


Control of Al-Qusayr was vital for the rebels as it was their principal transit point for weapons and fighters from neighboring Lebanon.


This article is a translation of the original Arabic

The rebels withdrew from Al-Qusayr in exchange of the lift of the siege off the district and the evacuation of civilians and injured people.

  • Frances

    Just wondering why you don't mention that the news of the brokered deal was first published in Al Akhbar Newspaper as you did in Arabic?

    June 8, 2013

  • Sakar

    This explains how the FSA managed to get all the injured out of town under fire. Hizbolla had no choice but to accept the deal as they were not winning the battle and becoming helpless. FSA did the right thing by rescuing the lives of 1500 injured. The next battle will be Hermel and Baalbak.

    June 7, 2013

  • Vlad Tepes

    Hahahahahah......BWAHAHAHAHA.....ROTFLMFA.......HAHAHAHAHAHA... What a joke. Do you really believe that. The FSA was getting massacred by Hezbollah so rapidly that they took off and ran like the worthless hides that they are. There was even an Imam on Saudi TV that was calling for Jihad against Hezbollah only because of the sheer number of FSA they annihilated. Get real bub. Who are you trying to fool.

    June 6, 2013

  • حفيدُ الغساسنة

    What a totally insensitive and childish person you are! No matter who you are and/or whom you support (and, in both cases, you’ve exposed yourself bluntly and vulgarly), how on earth can you “BWAHAHAHA” and "ROTFLMFA[O]” commenting on an extremely sad situation no matter who has won there!! BTW (since you like Internet acronyms), sooner or later you and your masters would be ‘ROTFLYFAO’ - with ‘L’ standing for Lamenting, NOT Laughing. Shame on you!

    June 6, 2013