Report: Hizbullah Dispatches Fighters to Battle Militants in Arsal
Talks circulating among political circles said the upcoming week may be decisive in terms of a possible military operation against terrorist groups in the outskirts of Arsal, and Hizbullah's “key role” in this battle fighting on the Lebanese side, al-Joumhouria daily reported Saturday.
Senior security sources who told the daily on condition of anonymity, that “Hizbullah has completed preparations for the battle and dispatched its fighters to the area.”
Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had described the battle in a speech last week as “decisive,” and that it will “eliminate the terrorists from the outskirts.”
Sources following up closely on the issue, said “the border area is facing crucial moments and is ready now to engage in this mission,” pointing out that the “Syrian side has also prepared for the battle and the zero hour has been set.”
“Preparations and procedures on the border, are accompanied by security measures at home and on the borderline to prevent terrorists from infiltrating deep into the Lebanese territory during the battle. The Lebanese army has a key role in preventing the infiltration of terrorists,” said the sources.
Pointing out to fears raised by the town's residents, the sources said: “The battle does target civilians, it will never do. The terrorists are taking the people as shelter. The main battle goal is to save Lebanese towns from the mercy of terrorists.”
“Arsal is one of the villages that are calling for the state's authority and relief from the burden of terrorists now that the number of displaced people has become more than twice its population,” they added.