Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday called for domestic support for his militants after a year of growing sectarian violence in Lebanon following the Shi’ite militant group’s intervention in the Syrian war.

“Some in Lebanon say the resistance (Hezbollah) has nothing to do with Syria,” Nasrallah told supporters via a television link from a secret location in South Lebanon.

He justified sending his forces to a foreign war by saying that Sunni rebel groups would “eliminate everyone in Lebanon” if they won in Syria.