Syria threatens to strike at rebels in Lebanon

Share:

Syrian refugees wadi_khaled_ syrian army aridaSyria has warned it may strike at rebels hiding in neighboring Lebanon if the Lebanese army does not act, the state news agency SANA said on Friday.

Syria’s Foreign Ministry told its Lebanese counterpart late on Thursday that a “large number” of militants had crossed Lebanon’s northern border into the Syrian town of Tel Kalakh over the past two days, SANA said.

“Syria expects the Lebanese side to prevent these armed terrorist groups from using the borders as a crossing point, because they target Syrian people and are violating Syrian sovereignty,” the diplomatic cable said.

It said Syria’s “patience is not unlimited”, even though “Syrian forces have so far exercised restraint from striking at armed gangs inside Lebanese territory.”

Fighting near the border resulted in a large number of casualties, SANA said, before the gunmen retreated into Lebanon.

Lebanon has a policy of “dissociation” from the two-year civil war in Syria but officials say they feel their country is increasingly at risk of being dragged into a conflict that the United Nations says has killed 70,000 Syrians.

U.N. refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres said on Friday that the Syrian conflict threatens Lebanon’s existence.

“The international community should recognize that the Syrian crisis represents an existential threat to Lebanon and should show Lebanon … much stronger support than has happened until now,” he told reporters in Beirut.

France and Britain will urge European Union governments to lift an embargo on supplying weapons to the Syrian opposition, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday, warning that France could go it alone if no EU agreement is reached.

More than one million Syrians are believed to have taken shelter in Lebanon. They live among a nation of 4 million, which fought its own devastating 1975-1990 civil war and whose own sectarian tensions between Christians, Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims have been heightened by the fighting in Syria.

Tensions between Lebanese groups that support the Syrian opposition and those that support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been intensifying and have sometimes turned violent.

Reuters

Share:

Comments

10 responses to “Syria threatens to strike at rebels in Lebanon”

  1. Hannibal Avatar

    And the Lebanese Army threatens to retaliate… yeah right.

  2. José Jalapeño Avatar
    José Jalapeño

    And the Lebanese Army threatens to retaliate… yeah right.

  3. abdo ajrouche Avatar
    abdo ajrouche

    We all know that’s a bunch of poop yalibnan common really the dumbest leaders in history know you can’t start a war in the middle of a civil war even if tge hezb wasn’t bashars ally it would be slaughter to the regime and he isn’t stupid now or he would of retaliated to Israel let’s be realistic plus Iran won’t let him hit Lebanon anyway

  4. abdo ajrouche Avatar
    abdo ajrouche

    We all know that’s a bunch of poop yalibnan common really the dumbest leaders in history know you can’t start a war in the middle of a civil war even if tge hezb wasn’t bashars ally it would be slaughter to the regime and he isn’t stupid now or he would of retaliated to Israel let’s be realistic plus Iran won’t let him hit Lebanon anyway

  5. if lebanon takes sides it will be annexed by the fsa.

    1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      dream; i wish the fsa tries to attack Lebanon; it will be accelerating its end; even the syrian army when it was at its paroxysm, not just a band of salafis like the fsa, and when it was infiltrating all of Lebanon, even at that time, assad did not dare to try his chances with hizbollah when he was offered by usa to get rid of hizbollah; buddy, without being a hizbollah lover, just using my brain, i can confirm to you that, hizbollah who could resist and give a blow to tsahal, this same hizbollah will butcher the fsa gangs, thus turning into smoke your dreams

  6. if lebanon takes sides it will be annexed by the fsa.

    1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      dream; i wish the fsa tries to attack Lebanon; it will be accelerating its end; even the syrian army when it was at its paroxysm, not just a band of salafis like the fsa, and when it was infiltrating all of Lebanon, even at that time, assad did not dare to try his chances with hizbollah when he was offered by usa to get rid of hizbollah; buddy, without being a hizbollah lover, just using my brain, i can confirm to you that, hizbollah who could resist and give a blow to tsahal, this same hizbollah will butcher the fsa gangs, thus turning into smoke your dreams

  7. the lebanese army are 100 time tougher then the syrian shit army but the do not have weapon thats all and we are not scared of the syiran crap neither hizballa who put his shiia people in bad situation they both gonna pay heavy price for been stupid bashar and the hmar

  8. the lebanese army are 100 time tougher then the syrian shit army but the do not have weapon thats all and we are not scared of the syiran crap neither hizballa who put his shiia people in bad situation they both gonna pay heavy price for been stupid bashar and the hmar

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *