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Hezbollah not assisting Syria Army, ambassador says
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Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali
Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali
The Syrian ambassador to Lebanon has denied that Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah is helping the Syrian Army fight foreign-sponsored militants.
 
Ali Abdul Karim Ali made the remarks during a press conference after meeting with Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour in Beirut on Monday. 
 
He said that Syrian government forces do not need any military support and is making gains in several areas held by terrorists.
 
Earlier in the day, the so-called Syrian National Council accused Hezbollah men of helping Syrian troops in their fight against militants. 
 
Ali added that security forces are detaining a large number of militants on the border between Lebanon and Syria. 
 
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ali called on Arab and Western media outlets to respect moral standards and credibility in their reporting. 
 
Also on Monday, the Russian ambassador to Lebanon called for the start of a political process to establish peace in Syria.
 
Alexander Zasypkin made the remarks at a meeting with a delegation of Lebanese political and civil society leaders in Beirut. 
 
He said a political solution is needed to restore stability in the country, adding, "Foreign sides should halt supporting and financing armed groups that are sabotaging Syria, as a prelude to the start of the internal political process." 
 
A political solution “meets at the same time the aspirations of the Syrian people for prosperity and the progress away from violence,” Zasypkin added. 
 
Russian officials have consistently said that any decision on ending the crisis in Syria should be made by Syrians themselves and all parties should be included in the process. 
 
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. 
 
Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence, and several international human rights organizations say the insurgents have committed war crimes. 
 
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals. 
 
Damascus also says the insurgents are supported by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
 
Meanwhile, the Syrian Army said on Monday that it had purged more areas of foreign-backed militants who are fighting against the government in different parts of the country.
 
Syrian government forces launched attacks against militants in the governorates of Homs and Idlib and killed a large number of them, the official SANA news agency reported. 
 
In addition, the Syrian armed forces captured many machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, and missiles. 
 
In Homs, some leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front were killed, and one of the group’s military commanders also died in the fighting. Ismael al-Khaled, Mwafaq al-Ali, Hassib al-Sagheir, Huzaifa al-Khateib, and Hussam Abu al-Ezam were identified among the dead. 
 
In the town of Daraya, southwest of Damascus, the Syrian Army killed a number of militants, including snipers.

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