The opposition Reform Party of Syria reported that Hizbullah detained 17
Syrians in Beirut on March 30. RPS said the Syrians had been protesting the
Assad regime in the southern part of the capital, an area directly
controlled by Hizbullah.
"One more reason for freedom in Syria so that we can clip the wings of
these thugs," RPS said.
More than one million Syrian laborers and other expatriates are reported
to be living in Syria. Most of the Syrian presence has been linked to the
The sources said Hizbullah has also sent more than 1,000 of its fighters
into Syria to help quell anti-Assad unrest. At the same time, they said,
Hizbullah was seeking
to intimidate the pro-Western March 14 coalition in Lebanon to prevent
demonstrations against Damascus.
"There is an unethical campaign to implicate the Future Movement in what
is happening in Syria," Lebanese parliamentarian Ammar Al Houri, a member of
the Future Movement led by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said. "This is
something that we have nothing to do with whatsoever."