Damascus gives Hezbollah fighters Druze ID cards, opposition source says
Saturday, 13 July 2013
The Syrian government is providing members of the Lebanese Shiite militant
group, Hezbollah, as well as Shiite fighters from Iraq with Syrian identity
cards carrying Druze names, a Syrian opposition fighter told Al Arabiya on
They are being given "forged" IDs before being sent to fight in the
rebel-held southern province of Daraa, said the source, who spoke on
condition of anonymity.
The Druze - who live primarily in Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Jordan - are a
minority in the Middle East.
Since the March 2011 uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,
Syria's Druze community - like most minority groups in the country - did not
voice their opposition to Assad, who is an Alawite, an offshoot of Shiite
However, the opposition source said: "The Syrian regime has failed to
involve the residents of Soueida to fight against the rebels," who are
Soueida, which borders Jordan and Daraa, is a mainly Druze city located
around 100 kilometers south of Damascus.
"The city has been used as a channel of entry into Daraa by Hezbollah and
other Assad forces to fight rebels," said the source, adding that the
Damascus regime has sent a number of Lebanese Druze figures to persuade the
Druze community take part in the fight alongside Assad forces against the
However, the source said that residents of the city of Soueida have not
taken up arms against the rebels but instead were instructed by their
religious leaders to stay out of the conflict.
Lebanon's Hezbollah publicly intervened in the conflict in neighboring Syria
in April, siding with the Assad regime against the rebels.
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