An-Nahar Daily reported on Friday that 18-year-old Hassan, a Baalbeck native and a Hezbollah fighter, spent three days fighting with the party alongside the Syrian regime in the border town of al-Qusayr.
Hassan who was notified of his father’s death in the battles upon his arrival to his hometown said that Hezbollah fighters advanced toward the northern part of the city, when the opposition fighters came out of the tunnels and opened fire against them “seemingly out of nowhere”.
Hassan said the resistance put up by rebels in al-Qusayr had taken him and his comrades by surprise.
“On the first day, we advanced through the alleyways towards the center of al-Qusayr, we did not see any fighters from the Syrian opposition; we thought they were not there and then suddenly the rebels attacked us from behind. Many lives were lost and several were injured by gunshots ” Hassan said.
Hassan revealed that the hardest mission for Hezbollah is to take control of the northern part of the town, where the opposition fighters are barricaded, noting that snipers are also widespread in the area.
Hezbollah forces were organized into 17 units of 100 men each, before storming the city from the east, south and west, a source close to the group said.
The town, which lies near the border with Lebanon, is home to some 25,000 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“It will cost us a lot, but the situation will be under control,” Hassan was quoted as saying.