BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Nawaf Musawi said Monday the battle situation in war-torn Syria is not turning in America and Israel’s favor amid reports of almost 30 Hezbollah's fighters being killed in clashes with rebels in the Syrian town of Qusair.
Musawi also warned both the U.S. and Israel against toppling Syrian President Bashar Assad.
"If some were betting on weakening our ally in Syria [Assad] and toppling him [Assad], he should keep in mind that two years into the [conflict] have passed while betting on delusions,” Musawi said.
“Those who were banking on U.S. power and Israeli threats of war and victory of the U.S.-Israeli attack on Syria are mistaken,” he said.
Musawi’s remarks come as media reported that scores of Hezbollah’s fighters were killed while fighting alongside troops loyal to Assad in the Syrian town of Qusair.
Some 30 Hezbollah fighters and 20 Syrian soldiers and militiamen loyal to Assad were killed in heavy fighting with rebels in the town of Qusair, Syrian activists said Monday, reported Reuters news agency.
Hezbollah has admitted some of its fighters are in a number of Syrian border towns. However, the resistance group denies fighting alongside Assad, insisting that it is training Lebanese living in the border villages to defend themselves against rebel assaults.
Musawi also warned that Hezbollah would not hesitate to plunge “Israel into the abyss,” in the latest tit-for-tat threats between the arch enemies.
“If the enemy – through its aggression – is practicing brinkmanship with the resistance and its allies in this region, the resistance is not afraid to push the enemy itself into the abyss,” Musawi said.
Hezbollah, he warned, has “enough potential to make any Israeli official aware that the threat of war applies to him and that he will be the first to lose as a result of his behavior.”
Musawi said Hezbollah was also able to deter any Israeli attempts at stealing Lebanon’s natural gas and oil resources.
“As Lebanon is once again in the heart of the storm since it enters today the production phase of oil and gas resources, this will likely lead to growing ambitions and threats. But we are equally aware that our capabilities and potentials have also increased in order to face the challenges and threats,” he warned.