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Two more members of the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group were killed while fighting in Syria, according to a statement by the party on Monday

The party identified the first fighter who was killed in Syria as Muhammad Yusuf Fawaz who hails from the southern Lebanese village of Saksakiyeh . His funeral will be held on Tuesday in his hometown.

hezbollah fighter Muhammad Yusuf Fawaz
hezbollah fighter Muhammad Yusuf Fawaz

The party identified the second fighter as Mohamed Ahmed Alautah who hails from the town of Ali Al Nahry in the Bekaa Valley and said he was killed in the Qalamoun battles.

The report added that the fighters “were killed while carrying out their sacred Jihadist duty.”

According to a report from Tehran, the Iranian government dispatched some 50,000 Lebanese Hezbollah militants to Syria to help the Syrian regime in crushing the uprising.

Iranian MP Seyyed Mahmoud Nabavian who made the statement was also quoted by Fars news agency on Feb. 12 as saying that Iranians have trained some 150,000 Syrian citizens in Iran, and another 150, 000 in Syria itself.

According to reports the Syrian regular army is crumbling specially since several successive recruitment drives had failed, as young men had fled rather than join up. For this reason it is Hezbollah backed by Iran that is prolonging the life of the Syrian regime, according to these reports.

During the conflict in Syria which began in March 2011, more than 140,000 people were killed , over 10 million were displaced in the Syrian territory and over two and half million fled to neighboring countries. Most of the Syrian refugees are in Lebanon , Jordan , Turkey and Iraq.

Hezbollah fighter Mohamed Ahmed Alautah
Hezbollah fighter Mohamed Ahmed Alautah

According to a report by UNHCR , the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon rose to over 927,000 last week. This number does not include the nearly 600,000 Syrian workers who come here to work in agriculture and construction.

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