BEIRUT, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah described Syria as the "backbone" of the resistance on Saturday.
In a televised speech marking the 13th anniversary of the Liberation and Resistance, Hezbollah's leader said that "Syria is the backbone of the resistance... and the resistance cannot stand if Syria is broken."
Nasrallah's speech comes amid mounting criticism toward Hezbollah's military support for Damascus.
The Hezbollah leader denied that the deaths of his party's fighters in Syria was lowering morale among supporters of the Shiite party, saying that only volunteers were participating in the fighting in Syria.
Nasrallah expressed concerns over further Syria-linked violence rocking Lebanon, which has seen deadly sectarian clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli between pro-Syrian regime Jabal Mohsen neighborhood and the Sunni-populated areas over the past week.
The Hezbollah leader also blamed the Lebanese government for not preparing for any future Israeli military campaign against Lebanon. "I call on all Lebanese state officials and all the country's people to recognize the real danger we are facing," Nasrallah said.
Nasrallah's warnings come amid heightened regional tensions following Israeli military strikes against Syria that purportedly hit weapon shipments aimed for Hezbollah.
The Hezbollah leader earlier in May said that his party would support a campaign against Israel in the Golan Heights and vowed Hezbollah would continue to receive advanced weapons, a move Israel has repeatedly said it would not accept.
CAIRO, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The upcoming Geneva conference on Syria, slated for June, still faces two variables: whether the Assad government would attend the conference, and whether Iran would be allowed presence.
As the recent "Friends of Syria" meeting in Amman called for a transitional Syrian government to end the crisis, some analysts admit it is "the first obstacle" that the Geneva conference would face. Full story
DAMASCUS, May 25 (Xinhua) -- About 27 rebels and three civilians were killed Saturday during intense fighting at the strategic city of al-Qussair in central Syria, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
The clashes were coupled with government troops' bombardment on parts of the city where intense battles have been intensifying since last week. Full story
ISTANBUL, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Members of Syria's opposition coalition entered the second day of talks in Turkey's Istanbul on Friday, with a decision yet to made over whether to participate in the upcoming Geneva conference aimed at ending the two-year-old Syrian crisis.
Earlier Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the Syrian government had agreed in principle to attend the Geneva international conference in June, which is initiated by Russia and the United States. Full story
ISTANBUL, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Syria's main opposition group said Friday that they wait for goodwill gestures from the Syrian administration as they held talks in Turkey's Istanbul to discuss about the upcoming Geneva international conference. Full story