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.
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