Opprørerne i Syria har lagt ut en video der en Hizbollah-soldat forteller at de ble sendt til Syria for å kjempe for Bashar al-Assad. Videoer som denne kan bare øke motsetningen mellom shiaer og sunnier.
Men enda mer vokser motsetningene hvis videoen virkelig er sann: at Hizbollah har sendt 1.500 mann som kjemper på Assads side.
In the video with the Lebanese captive, a man identifies himself as Hassane Salim al-Mikdad, and says he was one of 1,500 Hezbollah fighters sent to Syria on Aug. 3. The video was said to have been released by rebels and aired by Arab satellite TV Al-Arabiya on Tuesday.
“Most of those who entered were snipers,” said the captive, whose face showed bruises as three masked gunmen stood behind him. A man, who could not be seen, was asking the hostage questions.
The captive then says that Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah gathered the men before they headed to Syria and told them that they should go to “support the Shiite regime and the Shiite army against Sunni gangs.”
The authenticity of the video could not be independently confirmed.
Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim group, is a key backer of Assad’s regime. The Syrian opposition has repeatedly accused it of sending fighters to Syria, which Hezbollah denies.
Hezbollah issued a statement early Tuesday saying it “categorically denies that Mr. Hassane Salim al-Mikdad is one of its members.”