Over 1,200 members of the Lebanese Shiite terror group, Hezbollah, have entered Syria in the past few days in order to fight alongside regime troops, Saudi daily al-Watan reported on Sunday.
The Hezbollah militants committed “a hideous crime” in the town of Talkalakh, the daily said, adding that tens of thousands of fighters entered from Iraq to aid the Syrian regime.
The daily quoted sources as saying that the Damascus regime “is resorting to the aid of fighters from Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, which implies that the Syrian recruits’ desire to fight alongside the regime is decreasing.”
On Saturday, it was reported that at least forty Hezbollah fighters and Syrian soldiers were killed in recent clashes with opposition fighters in the town of al-Qusayr in Homs province.
The United States, Canada and Israel have long labelled Hezbollah a terrorist group. In Europe, only the Netherlands lists Hezbollah as a terrorist group, while Britain blacklists its military wing. Last week Bahrain became the first Arab country to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.