Rockets Hit Hizbollah’s Beirut Stronghold With Warning: ‘Keep Your Hands Off Syria’
Two rockets hit Hizbollah’s stronghold in southern Beirut yesterday, marking a dangerous new phase in Syria’s civil war.
The attack on the Beirut suburb of Chiyah was limited in scale - four Syrian labourers were wounded and some windows were smashed - but its implications could be far reaching.
It was the first time the Hizbollah-dominated area has been attacked, sparking fears that a new front in the Syrian war is opening in the Lebanese capital.
The Free Syrian Army, the umbrella group representing some rebel forces, denied any role, but one FSA officer described the attack as a warning to Hizbollah.
“In coming days we will do more than this. This is a warning to Hizbollah and the Lebanese government to keep Hizbollah’s hands off Syria,” Ammar Al Wawi said.
Some Syrian rebels have said the war would soon arrive on Hizbollah’s home turf if the group continued to fight alongside Bashar Al Assad’s forces inside Syria. That pledge seems to have been borne out.