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Two rockets hit Beirut as Hezbollah vows victory in Syria

Last Updated: Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 12:36

Zee Media Bureau

Beirut: Just hours after Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah pledged to bring victory to Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime in Syrian civil war; two rockets on Sunday pounded two Beirut neighborhoods controlled by the Shiite militant organization Hezbollah, reports said.

At least four have been injured in the rocket attack, which comes in the wake of heightened tension in Lebanon after violence in strategic Syrian town of Qusair near the Lebanese frontier where Hezbollah sent government troops to fight Syrian rebels.

Nasrallah`s remarks came after Hezbollah fighters have pushed to the front lines of the battle for the town of Qusair.

One rocket landed in the Mar Mikhael district on the southern edge of the capital, striking a car exhibit on the street. Another struck an apartment in a building in Chiyah district south of Beirut, about two kilometers (one mile) away from Mar Mikhael.

Hezbollah`s Al-Manar TV said the Chiyah rocket did not explode.

The state-run National News Agency said among the wounded were three Syrians.

Yesterday, speaking at 13th anniversary of Israel`s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in May 2000, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah vowed to make Assad’s regime victorious in the bloody civil war in Syria.

In a televised address, he also said Hezbollah members are fighting in Syria against Islamic radicals who pose a danger to Lebanon, and pledged that his group will not allow Syrian militants to control areas along the Lebanese border. He pledged that Hezbollah will turn the tide of the conflict in Assad`s favor, and stay as long as necessary to do so.

“I say to all the honourable people, to the mujahedeen, to the heroes: I have always promised you a victory and now I pledge to you a new one" in Syria, he added.

"We will continue this road until the end, we will take the responsibility and we will make all the sacrifices," he said. "We will be victorious."

The Hezbollah leader`s comments offered the clearest public confirmation yet that the Iranian-backed group is directly involved in Syria`s war. They also were Nasrallah`s first remarks since Hezbollah fighters have pushed to the front lines of the battle for the strategic Syrian town of Qusair near the Lebanese frontier.

The fight in Qusair has proven a deadly grind for both sides. On Saturday, government forces backed by Hezbollah militants shelled the town in the heaviest barrage yet of a week-long assault to dislodge rebels from the opposition stronghold, activists said.

Since the regime offensive began Wednesday, Syrian state media has said government forces have steadily gained ground. Local activists deny that pro-Assad forces have made headway and say rebel fighters are defending their positions.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 30 people, including 27 rebels, were killed and dozens wounded Saturday in the town, which holds strategic importance for both the regime and the opposition.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 12:35
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