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Wednesday, 01 October 2008

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Report: Hizbullah instructs its men to refrain from visiting Syria

Hizbullah orders members out of Syria
Oct. 1, 2008
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

Hizbullah has ordered its members to refrain from visiting Syria until further notice, a website belonging to the Lebanese opposition wrote on Wednesday.

The organization was responding to the recent bombing in Damascus that left 17 people dead. Many Hizbullah members, including senior officials, were recalled to Lebanon after the attack on Saturday.

The website also said that since top Hizbullah operative Imad Mughniyeh's assassination in Damascus in February, the organization's members were told to take extra precautions while visiting the Syrian capital and that the call to avoid the city completely was instilled following last week's bombing.

"Hizbullah considered Syria a safe haven for its people where they didn't have to take serious precautions [but] now it has become dangerous," the statement read.

Hizbullah's concern stemmed from a suspicion that extreme Islamic organizations planned to harm its members. Moreover, Hizbullah was not alone in its procedure to avoid the capital. Hamas too, said the website, was also adopting a renewed policy of caution.

According to the statement, Syria's security was threatened on two fronts. The first were populated areas within the country that pose a target to terror organizations arriving from overseas. The second, said the website, rested in the defense echelon itself, which, according to the statement, was influenced by foreign defense factors.

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Report: Hizbullah instructs its men to refrain from visiting Syria

Hizbullah has instructed its men, particularly senior members involved in the organization's security, to refrain from visiting Syria until further notice, Lebanese media reported Wednesday.

The instruction was issued following the explosion of a car bomb in Damascus last Saturday, which left 17 people dead. (Roee Nahmias)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3604075,00.html

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Hizbullah orders its men not to visit Syria

Lebanese media report organization has issued 'travel advisory' to its members following Mugniyah assassination, car bomb explosion in Damascus last Saturday. Senior Hamas members in Syrian capital on high alert as well
Roee Nahmias

Hizbullah has instructed its men, particularly senior members involved in the organization's security, to refrain completely from visiting Syria until further notice, Lebanese media reported Wednesday.

The instruction was issued following the explosion of a car bomb in Damascus last Saturday, which left 17 people dead, including a high-ranking military officer.
 
According to Lebanese media, Hizbullah asked its men to take precaution during their visits to the Syrian capital following the assassination of the organization's military leader, Imad Mugniyah. Now, following the car bomb, the request was changed to a stark instruction to halt all visits to Syria.

According to the report, for years Hizbullah viewed Syria as a safe place for its members, where there was no need for the strict precautions used in Lebanon, but now the organization has changed its perception and views Syria as a dangerous place.

The policy was changed after Hizbullah realized that Syria has become significantly penetrable for the activity of radical Islamic groups, and that the Syrian security organizations have failed to discover who was responsible for the car bomb explosion.

According to the report, Hamas leaders living in Damascus also decided to take unusual security measures following the Mugniyah assassination. In the past, Syria's security organizations were exclusively responsible for their safety.

The Syrian security organizations are experiencing problems on two levels, the report said. On the one hand, they are penetrable to radical Islamic groups which have entered Syria and settled in the country, and on the other hand, they are penetrable to foreign security organizations, leading to security concerns in Syria.

'Car bomb aimed at undermining stability'
Meanwhile, a Syrian security source reported that the country's security organizations have exposed the cell responsible for Saturday's attack. The source told Syrian newspaper al-Watan that all cell members were citizens of Arab states and none of them were Syrian.
 
According to the source, the car accidentally exploded in a neighborhood in south Damascus, and was actually meant to be detonated in a different place. The accident happened "due to reasons which will be revealed later on," the source said.

He added that "the investigation being conducted shows that the cell planned to undermine the security and stability in Syria through instructions it received by the elements financing it."

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3604082,00.html

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