Hezbollah Commander Killed Near Damascus

Monday, 19 Aug 2013 06:32 AM

 

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DAMASCUS, Syria — A military commander of Lebanon's Shiite militant group Hezbollah was killed in fighting near the Syrian capital and has been buried in his southern Lebanese hometown of Kfar Sir, residents said Monday.

"Hezbollah military commander Hossam Ali Nisr, aged 33, was buried on Saturday. He was defending Sayyida Zeinab," which houses a Shiite shrine southeast of Damascus, "when his group was attacked and he was killed," one resident told AFP, without giving a date.

Hezbollah is a key Damascus backer and has sent fighters into Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad in his regime's bid to crush a 29-month rebellion.

Fighters of Hezbollah played a key role in the government's recapture in June of the rebel bastion of Qusayr, near the Lebanese border.

The report of Nisr's killing comes after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said he was ready to go to Syria to fight extremists he accused of staging a deadly car bomb attack last Thursday in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a bastion of his movement.

According to a final count, 27 people were killed in the attack.

"I will go myself to Syria if it is so necessary in the battle against the takfiris (radical Sunni Muslims), Hezbollah and I will go to Syria" to fight rebels trying to oust the Damascus regime, Nasrallah said in an angry reaction to the car bombing.

Tensions have soared in fragile Lebanon over the conflict in neighboring Syria. Though Lebanon is officially neutral, the country is deeply divided between those backing Assad's regime and those who oppose it.

© AFP 2014

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