According to a report by the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper at least four Hezbollah fighters were exposed to chemical agents as they were chasing Syrian rebels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar and are now receiving medical treatment at a Beirut hospital.
Neither the name of the hospital nor the type of chemical agent Hezbollah fighters were exposed to were revealed in the report .
Hezbollah fighters have been for several months helping the the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad in its crackdown against the mostly Sunni rebels who are seeking to overthrow the regime. The rebels accused Hezbollah of invading Syria and vowed to move the war to Lebanon.
Hundreds of Hezbollah fighters have reportedly been killed in Syria and buried in Lebanon. Over 100,000 have been killed so far in the Syrian civil war according to the UN
U.N. inspectors are investigating claims of a chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghota, outside the Syrian capital, but US secretary of State John Kerry has already condemned what he termed the “moral obscenity” of the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against its own people.
His statement comes hours after UN chemical weapons inspectors came under attack near the Syrian capital.
The team was dispatched to five sites around Damascus where hundreds of people were reported to have been killed .
“What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality,” Kerry said in a televised statement on Monday.
He said footage of the alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus was “real and compelling” and “undeniable”.
He added that the US administration had additional information about that attack that it would make public in the days ahead.