The Hezbollah Brigades, a popular resistance group fighting Daesh militants in Iraq, has warned Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries against any ground incursion into Syria or Iraq, saying such a move would “open the gates of hell” to the potential aggressors.
In a Sunday statement, the Special Operations of Hezbollah Brigades, also known as Kata’ib Hezbollah or Hezbollah Battalions, advised “the sons of Saud and those rulers who stand behind them not to take a risk and to learn (their) lesson.”
“The Arab kingdoms tried Daesh mercenaries to implement their malicious plans in Iraq and Syria, and they failed,” the statement added.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Sunday it was ready to send troops to Syria to join a US-led campaign allegedly fighting Daesh Takfiri group.
The announcement came after Saudi Arabia said on February 4 that it was ready to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the US-led coalition decides to start such operations.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014. The US-led strikes have, on many occasions, targeted Syria’s infrastructures and left many civilians dead.
On February 5, Bahrain’s Ambassador to Britain Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa also said that the kingdom is ready to deploy ground forces to Syria under the Saudi leadership.
He said the Saudi initiative was meant to combat both Daesh and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Earlier, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said that any “ground intervention on Syrian territory without government authorization would amount to an aggression that must be resisted.”
He has also warned that potential aggressors would return home in a “wooden coffin.”
More than 260,000 people have been killed and millions more displaced in nearly five years of conflict in Syria.
The Syrian military backed by volunteer forces has inflicted heavy losses on foreign-backed militants during mop-up operations on different fronts and gained more ground against militants.