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Syria: Militants commit massacre, Lebanese consider Hezbollah involvement justifiable & Fabius- Army advance should be “stopped”

Foreign-Backed Militants Commit Massacre in Syria’s Deir Ezzor

Al Manar

Nusra Front militants, who are fighting the Syrian government, and have links to al-Qaeda group, committed massacre against Syrians as they killed 60 people in a village in eastern Deir Ezzor province.

The head of an opposition observatory based in London, Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence France Presse (AFP) that militants attacked the village of Hatla killing 60 – residents.

He reported that the armed groups took control of the village, adding that the – residents were fleeing the area following the violence.

According to media reports militants even targeted women and children as they attacked the village. They also abducted several women and demolished houses of worship.

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Lebanese consider Hezbollah involvement in Syria war justifiable

Press TV

An opinion poll shows that the Lebanese have considered the involvement of Hezbollah in Syria war against foreign-backed militants justifiable.

Seventy eight percent of the participants in the survey, conducted by French magazine L’Hebdo on 1200 adult Lebanese, believed that Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria war against foreign backed militants was justifiable.

Only 19 percent of the Lebanese respondents regarded the involvement unjustifiable, the survey showed.

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Fabius: Syrian Army Advance Should Be “Stopped” before Aleppo

Al Manar

Frensh Foreign Minsiter Laurent Fabius said that Syrian army has gained over the past few weeks considerable ground, warning that this advance should be stopped before reaching the province of Aleppo.

“We need to re-balance things because over the past few weeks the troops of Bashar al-Assad (Syrian leader) and especially Hezbollah and the Iranians, along with Russian arms, have gained considerable ground,” Fabius said on France 2 television.

“We must stop this progression before Aleppo. It is the next target of Hezbollah and of the Iranians,” he added.

However, Fabius didn’t explain how the Syrian Army should be stopped.
On Tuesday, France’s foreign ministry warned that the nearly 27-month Syrian conflict was at a “turning point.”

“What should we do under these conditions to reinforce the opposition armed forces? We have had these discussions with our partners, with the Americans, the Saudis, the Turks, many others,” said ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot.
“We cannot leave the opposition in the current state.”

The Syrian Army recaptured the city of al-Qusayr along with its countryside last week. The area, which is near to the border with Lebanon, is considered strategic since it was a bastion for foreign-backed militants fighting the Syrian government.

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