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Hezbollah Withdrew More Than 2,500 Fighters From Syria – Report

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Hezbollah Withdrew More Than 2,500 Fighters From Syria – Report

July 29, 2017 photo, a Hezbollah fighter stands at a watchtower in Wadi al-Kheil or al-Kheil Valley in the Lebanon-Syria border. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Hezbollah had withdrawn more than 2,500 fighters, commanders and advisers from Syria in the last few weeks, the al-Arabiya TV reported on September 3.

Sources familiar with the matter told the UAE-base channel that the Lebanese group, which is a close ally of Iran, began a gradual withdrawal from Syria. The group’s decision was allegedly motivated by the economic crisis in Lebanon and the aftermath of Beirut’s blast.

Hezbollah intervened in Syria on a large scale in 2013 to aid the Damascus government that was facing a nationwide insurgency.

According to al-Arabiya, Hezbollah fighters, who withdrew from Syria, went back to several group’s military bases in Lebanon.

“Every time a number of Hezbollah fighters return from Syria, after the end of their service [around every 20 days], they get replaced by others …  this has not happened for weeks now,” a source told the news channel.

Hezbollah has been under immense internal and international pressure to withdrew from Syria for several years now. In the last two years, the group reduced the number of its troops in the country in a significant manner.

Al-Arabiya’s report is yet to be verified. However, it is possible that recent crisis in Lebanon forced Hezbollah to further reduce its troops in Syria.

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