Families of Hezbollah fighters in south Lebanon are growing increasingly angry that their sons are being sent to fight and die for Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al Watan reported over the weekend.
While this groundswell of anger first erupted several months ago, it has recently grown stronger due to the large number of casualties Hezbollah has sustained during battles in the northern suburbs of Damascus. Hundreds of Lebanese youths recruited by the Shiite organization and sent to fight Sunni jihadist rebels alongside the Syrian army have returned in coffins, sparking a new wave of dissent.
Al Watan reported that the families of Hezbollah fighters have issued a number of complaints against the organization. According to the families, "Hezbollah representatives who recruit their sons lie to them, promise them a lot of money, a salary and benefits -- and they tell their relatives that they won't be sent to the Syrian battlefields, which are revealed as lies."
Many of the parents have even told Lebanese media outlets that the young recruits, their children, arrive in Syria without the proper training.
"These kids are sent to the battlefield and are being killed one after the other, because they have no knowledge of how to fight," a senior member of the Shiite community in Lebanon told the Al-Mustaqbal newspaper. "Our sons are cannon fodder for Assad," he added.
The families in south Lebanon are also indignant that Hezbollah is "aiding in the slaughter of Muslims."
The mother of one new Hezbollah recruit, also quoted by Al-Mustaqbal, said, "As long as our sons were recruited for the sake of the resistance and fight against the Zionist occupation -- there is a purpose. But I don’t want my son to participate in the massacre of Muslims by other Muslims. Bashar Assad is demanding that our sons slaughter his people."