By all means, teach them a lesson.
The Free Syrian Army today threatened to “teach a lesson” to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah by hitting targets in the Lebanese capital as two suicide bombers in vehicles laden with explosives struck a regime intelligence building in Damascus.
In what would constitute a devastating setback to attempts to contain the Syrian civil war, Fahad al Masri, a spokesman for the FSA Joint Command, said rebels would strike Hezbollah in its stronghold in Beirut’s southern suburb of Dahiyeh if the group’s fighters backing President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are not withdrawn immediately.
“If Hezbollah do not stop helping the Assad regime, we will teach Hassan Nasrallah a big lesson inside his area in Beirut,” he told The Independent. “We know how to find him and all the other criminal Hezbollah leaders. I don’t advise Hassan Nasrallah to test our military experience or our knowledge.”
Mr Masri claims that the FSA has captured 13 Hezbollah fighters in the region of Homs over the past two weeks. A long standing ally of the Assad regime, Hezbollah – which is the dominant faction in the Lebanese government and also has an armed wing – has announced several funerals for its fighters in recent weeks, including a senior commander. Hezbollah said the men were killed while performing “jihadist duties” without specifying where. Kamel al-Rifai, a Hezbollah MP, has denied fighters have crossed to Syria.