Hezbollah denies aiding Syrian regime
BEIRUT - Powerful Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on Thursday denied accusations it is assisting the Syrian government to crush protests roiling the country since mid-March.
"Hezbollah vehemently denies accusations by some Syrian opposition members that it is helping to put down the protests in Syria and asserts that these allegations are untrue," the Shiite party, which is backed by the regimes in Syria and Iran, said in a statement.
It said the allegations were politically motivated and aimed at paving the way for the West to meddle in Syria's internal politics.
"We are against such interference and favour reform and stability that would enable the Syrian people to prosper and move forward," the statement said.
Hezbollah, the strongest military and political group in Lebanon, has largely stayed mum on the revolt in Syria while supporting the revolutions that have taken place elsewhere in the region.
Intelligence officials say Hezbollah's weapons transit through Syria and the party has been put in a difficult position by the revolt taking place there.