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Deputy leader of Hezbollah rule out “wide war” over Syria

LEBANON (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe crisis in Syria is developing into a direct clash between the United States and Russia or a “state of war,” Lebanese deputy leader Naim Qassem said in a newspaper interview on Friday.

The militant Shi’ite group Hezbollah is a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad in the eight-year war.

“The situation is developing into a direct American-Russian clash or a state of war,” Qassem said in an interview published by the Lebanese newspaper Al-Jamhuria. But no one but God knows what is going on in Trump’s head.”

“The circumstances do not point to an all-out war or a gradual confrontation unless Trump and Netanyahu completely lose their right,” he said.

Asked whether any US attack on Syria could develop into a full-scale war that could affect Lebanon, Kassem said: “If the attack on Syria is very limited, it is expected that the reactions from the parties involved in Syria will be linked to the Syrian arena.”

US President Donald Trump has threatened to strike Syria after a suspected chemical attack on an area controlled by the opposition and a Syrian medical group said it had killed at least 60 people. A Russian envoy expressed fears of a wider conflict between Washington and Moscow.

Fears of a confrontation between Russia, the main ally of the Syrian government and the West, have increased after Trump said the missiles were “coming” and strongly criticized Moscow for backing Assad.