Hezbollah offers to help Syria fight for Israel-occupied Golan

Reuters , Thursday 9 May 2013

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah pledges to stand with Syria, offers support to liberate Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

File photo: Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, speaks, during a rare public appearance, at a rally in the Hezbollah stronghold of south Beirut, Lebanon, 6 December, 2011 (Photo: AP)

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday his forces would support any Syrian effort to recapture the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, days after the Jewish state launched raids in Syria believed to have targeted weapons destined for the Lebanese militant group.

"We announce that we stand with the Syrian popular resistance and offer material and spiritual support as well as coordination in order to liberate the Syrian Golan," he said in a televised speech.

In the days following Israeli strikes last Friday and Sunday, Syrian state news programmes quoted unnamed sources saying that Damascus had given the green light to carry out operations against Israel from the Golan Heights after decades of calm on the border.

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