Monday, July 15, 2013

Damascus gives Hezbollah terrorists Druze ID cards


Damascus gives Hezbollah fighters Druze ID cards, opposition source says

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Al Arabiya


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

mostly Sunni.


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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