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Former minister Wiam Wahhab pledged on Thursday during a visit to the Syrian town of al-Saboura that the Lebanese will protect the Syrian regime at all costs.

“We will fight with our hands, weapons and chests to protect Syria, and we will not let the Syrian regime fall,” National News Agency quoted him as saying.

Wahhab, a staunch ally of Hezbollah and Syria claimed that “most Lebanese are with Syria, scared for it and will stand by it.”

“The conspiracy against Syria is big and ongoing but it would end for several reasons,” Wahhab said. The Syrian army which “prevented the division of Lebanon will definitely prevent anyone to play with the security of Syria,” he added.

“If they continue to target Syria, the region will go up in flames from Iraq to Palestine,” said Wahhab.

Syrian president Bashar al Assad is reportedly determined to crush the 2 months old revolt, which is the gravest challenge to his family’s 40-year-old ruling dynasty. Assad inherited power from his father in 2000.

About 850 people have reportedly been killed and several thousands have been arrested since the start of the protest movements in mid-March, human rights groups say.

Dorothy Parvaz, the Al Jazeera journalist that was arrested in Syria about 3 weeks ago but released Wednesday from Iranian jail described the brutality of the Syrian regime following her release .

“The beatings I heard almost around the clock were savage,” Parvaz told Al Jazeera and said she was forced to listen to prisoners being tortured by Syrian interrogators.

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