Hezbollah and al-Nusra reach agreement in Qalamoun

Shiite militants of Hezbollah in Qalamoun. File photo

ARA News 

Beirut, Lebanon – According to Lebanese official sources, the Shiite militia of Hezbollah reached an agreement with militants of al-Nusra Front in Qalamoun in southern Syria.

Both parties reportedly agreed Wednesday that al-Nusra militants (affiliated with al-Qaeda) would withdraw from the Qalamoun region and retreat to its bases in northern Syria. 

The Qalamoun region has seem fierce clashes between Hezbollah and al-Nusra in the recent weeks, causing the death and injury of dozens on both sides. 

A source in the Lebanese government told ARA News, under the condition of anonymity, that Hezbohhal guaranteed the safety of al-Nusra militants while leaving Qalamoun and heading to northern Syria, reassuring them that the Syrian regime is also part of the agreement. 

“This agreement took place after al-Nusra lost several consecutive battles in Qalamoun, and when the Front’s insurgents leave that area and return to its bases in the north the Assad regime will be more secure from the militants’ attacks in Damascus,” the source said. 

“Thus Hezbollah’s proposed agreement is mainly aimed to serve the Assad regime in Damascus.”

The Sunni and Shiite militants have also engaged in clashes in the town of Arsal on the Syrian-Lebanese border. 

Abu Mohammed al-Joulani, leader of al-Nusra Front, has repeatedly vowed to bomb the headquarters of the Lebanese Hezbollah if its militants continue supporting the Assad regime against the Syrian armed opposition. 


Reporting by: Husam al-Zeer

Source: ARA News

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