Syrian Rebels Shell Lebanon, Killing Woman

Shelling Targets Shi'ite Districts to Spite Hezbollah

For the second consecutive day, Syrian rebel fire pounded residential neighborhoods in neighboring Lebanon. One woman was killed today, and five other civilians have been wounded in the attacks.

Lebanese security officials reported three mortar shells hit the Bdaita district today, on the outskirts of the Shi’ite town of Hermel. Free Syrian Army (FSA) commanders claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attacks, but were mum on today’s so far.

The attacks began after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah promised his militia would enhance its support for the Syrian government. The Shi’ite militia’s involvement is part of the secularization of the war, with the rebels dominated by Sunni Islamists.

Hezbollah’s involvement in the war has been hugely controversial within the movement, as many supporters believe its involvement in Syria distracts from its primary mission as a foil against a possible Israeli invasion. Recent Israeli strikes on Syria, however, seem to have convinced the leadership that it has a role to play in the civil war.

Author: Jason Ditz

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