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Good News for Israel: Hundreds of Hezbollah Casualties in Syria

Israel is enjoying an unexpected benefit– so far- from Hezbollah’s joining Assad’s forces in Syria. Hundreds have been wounded, and the death toll is estimate at well over 200.
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Hezbollah has suffered huge losses in the fighting in Syria, with hundred of its fighters killed or wounded.

The number of deaths of Hezbollah fighters in its involvement in the Syrian civil war is officially estimated at 180 but is likely much higher, in addition to hundreds of wounded fighters, according to a report released by The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC).

Its assessment is based on ITIC having located 82 names of operatives recently killed, in addition to 96 names previously found. The numbers continue to rise as the fighting ensues.

Of the 180 Hezbollah terrorist guerrillas who have been killed, 120 of them met their deaths during the recent campaign for Al-Qusayr. Several dozen Hezbollah operatives were killed defending the Shi’ite holy site of the grave of Al-Set Zaynab and others in other battle sites.

The ITIC said Hezbollah was a main combatant in the fighting and that its operatives were fighting offensively in an unfamiliar urban setting, while the rebels apparently showed strong resistance, especially fighters from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front which fought alongside the rebels. Both sides suffered heavy losses.

Hezbollah’s casualties have fueled criticism of the organization among Lebanese Shi’ite Muslims.

The level of criticism is apparently still tolerable as far as Hezbollah is concerned and does not keep the organization from being further drawn into the Syrian civil war. However, in the ITIC’s assessment, the significant number of losses in Al-Qusayr may influence the way Hezbollah supports the Syrian army in the pending campaign to take over the Aleppo area.

A senior IDF intelligence officer told Tazpit News Agency that he estimates that Hezbollah’s casualties are higher than  250 dead. According to some reports, Khader Nassrallah, brother of Hezbollah head Hasan Nassrallah, was killed in the fighting; indicating the importance Nassrallah has placed on the fighting in Syria.

As a result of Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria the fighting has spread into Lebanon, the most significant event occurring on July 9th, when a car bomb exploded in the middle of the Hezbollah-controlled Dahyah neighborhood in Beirut.

The military source maintained that in the long term, Hezbollah will suffer the consequences of its involvement in Syria, especially losing financial support that is essential for its survival. For this reason they have joined Assad, hoping for further financing by his regime, as well as weapons and logistic support.

Although the Hezbollah losses are only a small scratch on the surface of the terrorist organization’s capabilities to attack Israel, the campaign in Syria may damage Hezbollah’s political, financial and military relations with its Arab and Muslim counterparts.

The Syrian rebels’ National Coalition said Tuesday, “Hezbollah officials to be brought to justice for the terrorist crimes they committed on Syrian soil.

“The free world must take preventive measures against Hezbollah’s leaders, members and supporters, who participated in the spilling of Syrian blood against the aspirations for freedom and dignity of the Syrian people.”

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.


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8 Responses to “Good News for Israel: Hundreds of Hezbollah Casualties in Syria”

  1. Ch Hoffman says:

    It can't get any dumber than this; unless Hezbollah is totally destroyed, it gets stronger by engaging in real life battles.

    Hezbollah is getting hard-core battlefield experience in Syria; it's getting access to Syrian weapons; and it's proving itself to be a deciding force in the battle. Hezbollah is also showing the people of Lebanon that it can act with impunity, and that it is the strongest force on the ground in the whole country.

    Hezbollah can afford to lose people – after all, its "soldiers" are happy to achieve martyrdom for whatever cause they take up. To assume that a loss of a few hundred or a few thousand fighters will harm Hezbollah is to believe in a math that only has subtraction – not multiplication.

    Until Lebanon is restructured to eliminate its warring factions with their private armies, it will continue as a sanctuary for terror – whether against Israel or against is Arab neighbors.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You may be in for a surprise as things unfold. G-d willing peace and not terror will reign soon.

  3. Bear Klein says:

    You forgot one thing a dead Hezi can not kill any more. Also now they are in a quagmire and many more will probably die. Yes they gain battlefield experience. Also inside Lebanon this is loosing them ground even with Shiites. All we can hope for is that the Sunni Jihadis and Hezis keep killing each other.

  4. Tim Upham says:

    I bet their families in Lebanon are not very happy about it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hezbollah is behind to get Syrian chemical weapons, that is why are there in Syria, is not other explication, Israel has to be prepared of any eventualy change.

  6. The Guardian says:

    Muslims killing Muslims = a Win/Win.

  7. I’m not that sure of the futility in killed Hezis. That the survivors gain combat-skills are hardly avoidable. But the killed ones mean one more taken out for good. And I’m not that sure either about the corpse alleged longing for martyrdom. – Another death-cult in history, the Nazis, avoided that fate they so generously offered their victims. Some top-Nazis were on the run for years, and feared most of all to fall in the hands of killer-squads from Israel.
    Anyway, as soon as these scumbags do arrive in the Hereafter, they’ll get a whopping surprise. And it’s not the 72 virgins awaiting them.

  8. Despite military losses Damascus has always been populated. Yet Isaiah 17 states that God will take it away from being a city. That has not happened yet. It looks like it very well could be happening soon. In addition Iran continues determined in it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Yet here we are with the clock ticking. In July of 2012 I wrote a small book that lists some of what the Bible says will happen in the end times as well as what will happen during the period known as the seven (360 day) year tribulation and other soon to take place events. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s about 6 or 7 pages, so it’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

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