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Hezbollah contemplating Beirut takeover if Assad falls, report says

Al-Arabiya news website on Tuesday cited a “source close to Hezbollah” as saying that the party might militarily takeover Beirut if the Syrian regime falls, Israeli daily Jerusalem Post reported.

“[Hezbollah officials] have begun to worry about the potential fallout that may result following the collapse of the Syrian regime,” the source told Al-Arabiya.

"The moment that Hezbollah feels that the fall of [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad is imminent - either as a result of the popular movement or of foreign military intervention - it will move quickly to take control of East and West Beirut," Al-Arabiya also cited the source as saying.

According to the report, the Free Patriotic Movement would support Hezbollah if it decided to launch an offensive in the Lebanese capital.

Syria has been rocked by anti-regime protests since mid-March, with the Arab League, Turkey and Western power all piling on more pressure on the regime to resign.

-NOW Lebanon

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  • axan

    LET THEM TRY AND THIS TIME THEY WILL FALL IN A TRAP BIGGER THAN 2008. THEY WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH FIERCE RESISTANCE FOR A LONG TIME! THEY MUST KNOW THAT! ANYWAY, WHATEVER THEY DID SO FAR DIDN'T SUCCEED. NO ONE WILL EVER SUBMIT THE LEBANESE!

    November 23, 2011

  • alsidani

    hezballah did it before in 2008 ,they will do it again,as the last thing they care about is Lebanon ,they care about maitaining their power ,but the free patriotic movement to be an accomplice of the rape of Lebanon is anything but patriotic !!!!!!!! syria hegemony on Lebanon will be over and the Persian era will start SHAME ON ALL THE ACCOMPLICES HEZBALLAH WILL BEHAVE LIKE PER THEIR INSTINCTS AND THIS UNDERSTANDABLE BUT THE OTHERS!!

    November 22, 2011

  • paul

    Somwbody please tell, in the first parahraph was it Al-Arabiya Website or the Jerusalem Post that reported this story??? Or do we have to blame Israel for all our problems?

    November 22, 2011