BEIRUT - The head of the municipality of the Beqaa town of Labwe Ramez Amhaz said that Hezbollah would start an operation on Wednesday against Al-Nusra Front militants in the mountainous area of Arsal in cooperation with the Lebanese army and the Syrian army.
“The information that we have indicates that the operation will be [a cooperation] between the Lebanese army, the Syrian army and Hezbollah to put an end to terrorism along the border,” Amhaz said in remarks published Wednesday by As-Sharq al-Awsat
“The Syrian army will act within its territory, while the Lebanese army and [Hezbollah] will lead the operation within Lebanese territories,” Amhaz added.
Amhaz also expressed his frustration over the shelling of pro-Hezbollah Beqaa towns by anti-Syrian regime militants.
“What is happening in our towns and along the border is no longer justifiable; exposing the safety of our residents through rockets launched by [uncontrolled] militants is no longer acceptable,” he said.
Hermel and other areas of eastern Lebanon, a bastion of the powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, have been hit by several rocket attacks launched from Syria ever since Hezbollah declared its support and sent troops to back President Bashar al-Assad's bid to crush an anti-Damascus rebellion.