Senior Hezbollah figures were sent to Iran in order to update the elite Revolutionary Guard unit on the heavy losses the Lebanese Shiite movement has incurred during the fighting alongside the Syrian army against rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad.
Meanwhile, Hezbollah is also facing internal pressure from parents of the terror organization's fighters, who asked not to send their children to Syria.
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London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday quoted an Arab official as saying that senior Hezbollah figures were sent to Iran to explain the Shiite movement's position regarding its intervention in the Syrian civil war.
According to the report, Hezbollah wishes to clarify that it can no longer carry the burden of supporting Assad's regime on its own. Hezbollah hopes Iran will increase its military aid to Syria and send troops to the battlefield to replace its fighters.
Hezbollah fighters in Qusair, Syria (Photo: AFP)
It was further reported that Shiites in Lebanon, mainly those residing in the Baalbek area, have met with Muhammad Yazbek, a member of Hezbollah's Shura Council, and asked that the terror group stop sending their children to Syria.
The parents told Yazbek their children fought against Israel in the Second Lebanon War and in previous wars to answer the call to resist the "Israeli occupation," but said they could not remain silent while Hezbollah fights the Syrian people under the excuse of protecting the Assad regime.
Funeral of Hezbollah fighter killed in Syria (Photo: AP)
Asharq Al-Awsat reported that following Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah's visit to Tehran some three months ago, the Iranian Defense Ministry began transferring to the regime in Damascus strategic weapons (including surface-to-surface missiles and surface-to-air missiles) and bombs containing material that is considered illegal by the international community.
Between April 27 and May 1 Iran sent 11 arms shipments to Syria aboard planes. Additional weapons were transferred to Syria by land, through Iraq.
According to the report, the number of Hezbollah terrorists taking part in the Syrian war has increased significantly since Nasrallah's visits to Iran and Damascus.
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