Tuesday Jan 24, 201207:10 PM GMT
Hezbollah denies role in Syria unrest
Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:9PM
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A senior spokesperson from the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah says allegations that the movement has been involved in the unrest in Syria are “laughable and silly,” Press TV reports.

Hussein Rahal, the head of Hezbollah's information bureau, said in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday that the allegations are “fabrications that seek political and sectarian incitement against Hezbollah as part of a plot to create sedition in the region.”

“Nobody can believe such fabrications,” Rahal added.

Over the past months, opponents of the Syrian government have several times accused Hezbollah of involvement in activities against the Syrian opposition groups during the unrest in the country that began in mid-March 2011.

Riad Kahwaji, a political analyst in Beirut, told Press TV that if Hezbollah was “directly” assisting the Syrian government then it could “escalate sectarian tension and Hezbollah is against sectarian tension.”

“So far no proof has been presented… and therefore these allegations remain allegations only,” Kahwaji added.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in favor of President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian government says “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” are responsible for the unrest and it is being orchestrated from abroad.

Over the past weeks, Syrians have repeatedly expressed solidarity with the government of President Assad.

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