In an apparent response to a pledge of support by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, Syrian rebels targeted a Hizbullah stronghold in Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday, widening the international scope of the Syrian civil war.
According to Reuters, the first Syrian rebel attack to have allegedly targeted Hezbollah took place on May 26, when two rockets “hit a Shi’ite Muslim district in Beirut.”
One of the rockets landed “in a car sales yard next to a busy road junction in south Beirut’s Chiah neighborhood.” The second rocket “struck an apartment several hundred meters away.”
These strikes come just after the head of Nasrallah promised to stand by the embattkes Syrian government in the ongoing conflict that has split that country asunder for two years.
The attack also comes just as the U.S. and Russia are promoting international talks scheduled for June. These talks are “aimed at [dousing] the civil war that has killed more than 80,000 people, [and] driven 1.5 million Syrians as refuges abroad.”
The Syrian government has tentatively agreed to attend the talks. But Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem has made it clear that Syria’s future will be decided by Syria alone: “No power on earth can decide on the future of Syria. Only the Syrian people have the right to do so.”