Nasrallah: Hezbollah to attack on Nusra Front

Nasrallah says Hezbollah will launch attack against Nusra Front inside Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday his Lebanon-based  group will attack on Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front, one of the belligerents in the Syrian civil war.

The attack "will announce itself when it happens," Nasrallah said in his televised speech. It would be in Qalamoun, but "as for its goal, place or where it will extend to...we do not declare now," added the Hezbollah chief leader.

Local media and Syrian opposition speculated that the attack could be launched alongside the border into Qalamoun area within days as fighters from both  groups clashed on Tuesday in the region.

However, Lebanon officials have warned Hezbollah on its offensive towards Syria where the ongoing conflicts have the potential to spread out further into south through cross-border attacks.

Lebanon had suffered during the civil war between 1975-1990 at a time when over 200,000 people died. Since the civil onwards, Hezbollah was very active in Lebanon especially after Nasrallah became secretary general of the group that has also a political party in the country.

Hezbollah is known for its keen support for Bashar al Assad regime in Syria while it gets huge political and military support from Iran.

The group has sent hundreds of fighters to Syria in order to fight with Syrian opposition groups which varied in the course of four years of conflict.

According to the latest United Nations and London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights figures, which tracks the conflict from Britain through contacts on the ground, at least 220,000 people have been killed in Syria.

Lebanese authorities worry that escalating crisis in Syria in terms of military and humanitarian causes would affect Beirut's fragile political stability and social harmony.

The conflict has somehow spilled into Lebanon through cross-border offensives, such as rocket attacks launched by both parties or direct suicide and car-bomb attacks in the central districts like Beirut itself.

Nasrallah’s remarks on a possible Hezbollah attack inside Syria against the Nusra Front came after the group took the northwestern city of Idlib this month for the first time in the conflict.

The Hezbollah chief man has calmed down the situation by claiming that “losing a round does not mean one lost the war," as the Nusra Front captured Idlib and backspaced  Assad’s forces to the southward.

TRTWorld and agencies