Jibril: Palestinians, Iran, Hezbollah to Defend Syria if Attacked


TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Palestinian leader underlined preparedness of Palestinian groups, Lebanon’s Hezbollah Movement and Iran to help Syria in case the Muslim country is attacked by the western states.

“The Syrian government is powerful internally but if foreign elements want to invade (Syria),

we will be part of this battle and we have discussed it with our brothers in Syria, with (Hezbollah

chief) Seyed Hassan Nasrallah and our brothers in Iran,” Secretary-General of the Popular Front

for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) Ahmed Jibril told the Beirut-based Mayadeen television on


Jibril said that if a “Turkish-European alliance or NATO escalate… we will take to the streets and fight beside all those honorable people and our Syrian brothers.”
Jibril also cited Nasrallah as saying Hezbollah would fight beside Syria, and described the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alliance as one axis that the PFLP is part of.
He added that he met recently with Nasrallah, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, without specifying the times of the meetings.
He also noted that the Hezbollah chief “said he would join this battle, in the event of a foreign attack” on Syria.
Jebril reiterated that the Iranian government has also told him it would not allow a strike on Syria. “We have warned the Turks several times not to play with fire,” Jibril said.
He also said that the 16-month unrest against Assad was not a genuine local movement, but rather “a change in the foundations of this region in order to create a new Middle East”, referring to the 2006 remarks by former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Jibril described the defense of Syria against foreign attacks as “a decisive battle.” Victory would be necessary, he said, in order to “defeat the American and Zionist projects”.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.
The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.
In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

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