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Assad pledges Syrian help for Lebanon

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  • Greg Cannon
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      Assad pledges Syrian help for Lebanon

      1 hour, 34 minutes ago

      DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria will put its resources at
      the disposal of Lebanon to help cope with Israeli
      attacks devastating the country, Syrian President
      Bashar al-Assad told Lebanese President Emile Lahoud
      by phone on Saturday.

      The official news agency SANA said Assad expressed
      solidarity with Lebanon, where Israeli bombing has
      killed around 100 civilians since Hizbollah captured
      two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border operation on
      Wednesday.

      It was the first comment by Assad since the
      confrontation began between Israel and Hizbollah,
      which is backed by Syria and Iran.

      SANA did not say whether Assad discussed Hizbollah
      during the telephone call with Lahoud and gave no
      details on what kind of help he was offering.

      The ruling Baath Party said in a communique on Friday
      that Syria fully supports Hizbollah, although
      Washington has said Damascus must pressure Hizbollah
      to release the Israeli soldiers and stop its
      cross-border attacks.

      Syria's border crossings have become Lebanon's only
      outlet to the world after Israel blockaded the country
      and attacked its airport and seaports.
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