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Assad helping Hezbollah target Israel, media say

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Text by HAARETZ

Latest update : 2013-05-15

Syrian President Bashar al Assad has agreed to an Iranian request to allow Hezbollah to establish a military front against Israel in the Golan Heights, the Arabic-language Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Iran has convinced Syrian President Bashar Assad to allow Hezbollah to open a front against Israel in the Golan Heights, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The report in the Arabic-language publication says Damascus was convinced of the need to set up a new military front against Israel in the Golan Heights, and also agreed to assist and supply Hezbollah in the campaign.

Syria was also persuaded, it says, to let any Arab or Muslim who desires to join the fight against Israel to do so.

According to the paper, which quoted an unnamed Iranian source, Tehran asks to send the international community a clear message that it is determined to prevent the fall of the Assad's regime.

Last week Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that Syria would supply his organization with 'game-changing weapons' in response to recent air raids near Damascus, which foreign reports attributed to Israel.

In response to the alleged attacks, he said, Damascus would provide the Lebanese militia with sophisticated weapons that it has not received in the past, adding that Hezbollah would support any group seeking to confront Israel in the Golan Heights.

However, despite the report, officials in the Arab world expressed doubt over the possibility that Damascus will in fact take part in the opening a front in the Golan due to Israel's stance that it would hold Assad responsible for any attack coming from Syrian territory. It is believed that Israel would immediately respond to such attacks and strike targets in Syria and Lebanon.

By Jack Khoury, Haaretz

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Date created : 2013-05-15

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