Al-Mustaqbal newspaper reported on Sunday that hundreds of Hezbollah fighters were transported to Syria in preparation for a fierce battles along the border with Syria when the weather conditions improve .
This development comes after media reports said recently that fighters linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Syrian al-Qalamoun are also mobilizing and moving closer to the border with Lebanon ahead of an expected battle along the country’s eastern border.
When the Syrian revolt erupted in March 2011, the Lebanese eastern border town of Arsal served as a key conduit for refugees, rebels and wounded people fleeing strife-torn Syria, but the Lebanese army stepped up it’s security measures in the village to stop infiltrations.
It was overran in August by gunmen belonging to al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who withdrew from the town by taking several soldiers and policemen hostage. Four have been so far executed.
ISIL and al-Qaida-affiliate al-Nusra Front are battling in Qalamoun the Syrian regime and Hezbollah forces .
Hezbollah’s defense of the Syrian regime has outraged the Lebanese Sunni community and the March 14 alliance .
The head of the Future Movement MP Saad Hariri said on March 14 that Lebanon would not be part of the Iranian empire, warning that Hezbollah’s defense of the “tyrannical” regime in Syria was not the right way to fight terrorism that is threatening to destabilize the country.
Hezbollah, which is a division of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards was ordered by Iran to send tens of thousands of fighters to Syria to help troops loyal to President Bashar Assad against rebels seeking to topple him.
The March 14 coalition a political blueprint and the formation of a National Council on the 10th anniversary of March 14th anniversary .
The blueprint accused Hezbollah’s backer Iran of inciting Sunni-Shiite conflict to serve its interests.