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Syrian rebel group vows
retaliation against Hezbollah

Liwa al-Tawhid threat

A top Syrian armed rebel group vowed in a video to retaliate against the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah for its involvement in the fighting alongside the Syrian regime.

 

“In response to the involvement of the terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah in shedding the blood of our people in Qusayr and for invading our lands… we will target the locations of this party everywhere, whether in Lebanon or Syria,” a commander in the Liwa al-Tawhid said in a video broadcast on YouTube on Tuesday.

 

“We call on the Lebanese government and the Lebanese people to restrain the gangs of this criminal party, otherwise, we will have to move the battle to Lebanon.”

 

“Our developed rockets will then target [Beirut’s southern] suburb and beyond… and I will give directions to the revolutionary in Syria to attack the gangs of Hezbollah in all Shiite villages,” he added.

 

Liwa al-Tawhid—which is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood—was formed in 2012 as the Free Syrian Army unit tasked with taking Aleppo. The rebel group boasts a fighting force of thousands of troops, and according to recent reports, has been redeploying in Al-Qusayr to support rebels fighting against an onslaught by Hezbollah and regime forces.

 

Syrian rebel fighters have raised their rhetoric against Hezbollah as the Shiite party has pressed a military campaign in Al-Qusayr.

 

On Tuesday, Free Syrian Army chief-of-staff Salim Idriss issued a 24-hour ultimatum to Lebanon to get Hezbollah to withdraw its troops from Syria.

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday vowed that his party and the Syrian regime would emerge victorious in the fighting in Syria.

The morning after his speech two Grad rockets hit the Hezbollah-stronghold Dahiyeh southern area of Beirut. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Liwa al-Tawhid threatens Hezbollah in a video posted on Tuesday. (YouTube)

We call on the Lebanese government and the Lebanese people to restrain the gangs of this criminal party.