ASSAD AIDE: Signs Indicate Israel’s Elite Counter-Terrorism Unit Mista’arvim Aiding Rebels

In an interview to the Hezbollah affiliated Al Mayadeen network, Bouthaina Shaaban, the top political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, claimed that the injured transferred to Israel during the fighting in Quneitra were Israeli soldiers and not rebels, which she called “armed gangs”.

“When we hear that wounded from the armed gangs were transferred to Israel for medical treatment, I wonder whether these might be Mista’arvim” – the Border Guard’s elite counter-terrorism unit, comprised of officers disguised as Arabs.

“There are signs indicating that they are not members of the armed gangs but Israelis,” she continued.

Shaaban further claimed that Israel and the rebels share a common goal and that Israel was the main winner from the current conflict in Syria, noting however that Israel’s interest extend beyond the rebel’s success.

Shaaban also hinted at Israel involvement in the fighting in Qusair a day after the Hezbollah affiliated Al Manar TV channel reported that weapons bearing Hebrew inscriptions were found in the Syrian town, recently retaken by Bashar Assad’s forces and Hezbollah fighters.

“There is evidence that in Qusair those aiding and training rebels are people from a colorful array of nationalities,” the senior Syrian aide said.,7340,L-4389688,00.html