The Syrian city of Qusair welcomed a high profile guest recently, following its fall to the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.
According to an eyewitness report in Al-Monitor, Nasrallah appeared unceremoniously in the city only days after it was secured by government-led forces after a bloody battle against anti-Assad rebels.
From Al-Monitor reporter Ali Hashem : “I stared at the man sitting beside the driver… It was clear I was face to face with Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, without a turban, wearing a military uniform. He smiled and nodded to me, and while I was still in shock, the car was out of sight. There was no convoy, only one car, but as I said before, there were security measures taken in the city and around.”
A source close to Hezbollah later confirmed to Al-Monitor that it wasn’t Nasrallah’s first visit either.
“Sayyed Nasrallah went to Qusair a day before the start of the battle: He met the commanders, visited some injured fighters and gave a speech…He spoke for around half an hour with his main commanders exchanging ideas on the battle and the expectations and how many days it’ll take them to finish it,” the source said.
According to the report, the reason behind the latest visit was Nasrallah’s interest in congratulating the Hezbollah fighters for their victory. When inquiring as to how Nasrallah is able to move around the region without being detected, the Al-Monitor reporter was told by the source close to Hezbollah: “It’s a hide-and-seek game…Nasrallah’s security apparatus is professional enough to know when to move and how. No one knows what they do and what their measure are, we only know when things are done.”