Mount Hermon battles highlight divide among Druze communities

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An undated photo shows a gathering of Druze sheikhs in Lebanon’s al-Chouf region. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi). Al-Akhbar / Haitham Moussawi
Published Tuesday, November 11, 2014
There is a lot of anger in Lebanese and Palestinian villages near Mount Hermon following the death of a large number of Druze fighters in battles with al-Nusra Front. These dramatic developments have brought back to the surface the debate over the neutrality of the Druze community versus calls for them to fight alongside the Syrian army against the tafkiris.
The battles that took place on the Syrian side of Mount Hermon continue to resonate in Hasbaya, Rashaya, the Galilee, and Mount Carmel, days after dozens of fighters from the National Defense Forces (NDF) – which fights alongside the Syrian army – were killed in battles with al-Nusra Front and other Islamist militias. The fallen fighters came from the Druze-majority villages of Arna, Bqaasam…

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