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Pro-Hezbollah sheikh warns U.S. interests at risk if Syria hit

File photo of Sheikh Afif Nabulsi (The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: A pro-Hezbollah Sheikh warned Tuesday that U.S. interests in the Middle East region would be targeted should Washington sanction a strike against Syria.

“Any [U.S.] strike against Syria would be met by harsh responses against U.S. interests in the region and against Israel directly,” said Sheikh Afif Nabulsi.

Nabulsi’s comments came after a meeting with the Union of Beirut Associations.

The United States and other Western countries have signaled a preparedness to take potential military action against Syria over last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack outside Damascus.

Russia warned Tuesday that any military intervention on the part of the United States in Syria could have "catastrophic consequences" for the region.

Nabulsi warned that any strike against Syria could cause a regional or even an international war.

“Approaching Syria [militarily] would be like approaching a dangerous zone and a threat to regional and international security alike,” said Nabulsi.

“Any defect to the present equation will cause a war that would begin from Syria, but no one knows where it could end,” he said.

Nabulsi also received a cable from Iranian President Hasan Rouhani confirming “the Iranian Republic support to the great people of Lebanon.”

Separately, caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Masnour warned that a possible war against Syria would affect the whole region.

“In case a war is waged against Syria, this would have negative repercussions on the whole region,” Mansour told Sawt Al-Shaeb radio station.

“I do not think that such a step would serve peace and stability in the region,” he said.

The minister also said that Lebanon would respond to Israel in case it decides to take advantage of the regional situation and wage a war against Lebanon.

“Lebanon will not stand idle in case Israel took advantage of the [possible] aggression against Syria and opened a front against Hezbollah in the south,” he said.

Mansour said that “the resistance is ready to confront any [Israeli] aggression despite its participation in the fight in Syria.”

 

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