|The son of Hezbollah operative Abbas Hijazi, who died in an airstrike in
Quneitra, carries a toy weapon as he stands between his father’s (R) and
grandfather’s (L) coffins in Ghaziyeh village.
Opposing Hezbollah’s war in Syria and fearing for their sons’ lives, many Hezbollah militiamen send their sons to seek refuge in Europe.
The fact that Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah unequivocally refuses to withdraw from Syria, regarding it as an ”existential issue” for the organization increases their will to prevent their sons from taking part in the Syrian atrocities.
Mohammad Abbas, a Shi’ite Lebanese who currently resides in Belgium, told Arabi 21: ”I had lived with my family in Beqqa province. After Hezbollah started gathering all the youth in the Shi’ite villages to train them for the war in Syria, my family sent me with a group of friends to seek refuge in Europe.”
”Our families provided us with financial aid to help us reach Europe. We flew from Beirut to Belarus, where we stayed a few days, and afterwards we headed to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris,” Abbas said.