DEBKAfile: Iran and Hizballah repopulate Syrian Sunni towns with Shiites  

DEBKAfile Exclusive: Iran and Hizballah have launched a project for repopulating the formerly Sunni Muslim region between Damascus and the Lebanese border with Shiite migrants, who are being imported in droves from Iraq and Lebanon. Sunni refugees trying to return home from Lebanon as the fighting abated found their homes had been seized by Shiite families. Zabadani, which sits midway on the road from Damascus to Lebanon, for instance, was once a Sunni town. It is now filling up with Shiite civilian families brought over from Iraq and Lebanon.

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