Reuters reported Sunday that the Shiite political party and militant group, Hezbollah, President Bashar Assad’s main Lebanese ally, said it deplored the Houla massacre in neighboring Syria.Without assigning a blame for the killings of at least 109 civilians in Houla in central Syria, a statement by Hezbollah said it ‘strongly condemns the massacre and deplores those who carried it out’.

The Shiite political group, which the Syrian opposition accuses along with its patron Iran of backing Assad’s military crackdown on the-14 month uprising, is seeking the release of a group of Lebanese Shiites kidnapped last week by an armed Sunni Muslim group in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.

The group crossed from Turkey on the way back from a pilgrimage to Iran.