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Hezbollah chief orders fighters to protect civilians while fighting terrorists in Syria

In this video grab of a documentary aired by Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Manar television network on October 2, 2020, Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, addresses commanders and fighters of his group prior to the 2013 al-Qusayr battle in Syria.

A new documentary has shown secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement ordering commanders and fighters of his group to properly protect civilians and local population while fighting foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists in neighboring Syria.

The documentary, aired by Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Manar television network on Friday evening, shows Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah commanding his comrades to observe religious commitments and adequately protect civilian lives during their anti-terror offensive in the western Syrian city of al-Qusayr, located about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Homs, back in 2013.

Nasrallah said, “Hezbollah is characterized by the fact that fear runs ahead of it. The (al-Qusayr) battle is imperative and a game changer.”

He added, “I hope you would not forget to inform all brethren that we will be fighting for the sake of God. Taking religious abstinence into consideration is the key to success.

“If we come across a civilian [during the offensive], we have to protect them. We are fighting armed groups. Therefore, killing, harming, beating or injuring women, children and the elderly are religiously forbidden.

“Even though, we are religiously allowed to wipe out militants, we cannot seize locals’ properties,” Nasrallah underlined.

On June 5, 2013, Syrian government forces, backed by Hezbollah fighters, retook al-Qusayr from the Takfiri terrorists and liberated the strategic city.

Since 2011, Syria has been fighting foreign-backed terrorist groups in its territory, including near the Lebanese border.

Hezbollah has dispatched fighters to help the Syrian military eradicate the terrorists, including the Daesh Takfir terrorists and has prevented the spillover of terrorist activity into Lebanon.

The Israeli regime has, meanwhile, frequently conducted airstrikes against positions in Syria.

While the Tel Aviv regime has often refused to confirm or deny specific strikes, it has claimed that it has been hitting Hezbollah forces in Syria.

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