WASHINGTON — The Syrian civil war continues to spill over to neighboring Lebanon, which is struggling to stay afloat as violence and unrest is threatening to tear it apart.
Reuters reports that gunmen assassinated an outspoken supporter of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad this past Wednesday in another incident of Syria-related violence.
Mohammed Darra Jamo, who is a Syrian state media commentator and promoted Assad’s cause on Arab television, was killed at his home in southern Shi’ite Muslim Lebanese town. He is the first pro-Assad supporter to be attacked and killed in Lebanon after Hezbollah, a Lebanese-based, Iranian-backed terrorist group entered the Syrian civil war.
Hezbollah has helped the Assad government turn around the stalemated civil war and took back a crucial border town of Qusair and dealt with opposition to their actions in Lebanon. During a protest, Hezbollah loyalists killed at least one protester and scattered the rest. A car bomb rocked Beirut, the Lebanese capital, as tensions grow between Lebanese factions.
Turkey also saw some border violence when a police station along a border town was hit by bullets in addition to several homes in Ceylanpinar.