Syrian rebels and Hezbollah fighters clash near Lebanese border

Beirut (Alliance News) - At least seven Hezbollah fighters were killed and more than 31 wounded ...

Alliance News 14 July, 2014 | 10:51AM
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Beirut (Alliance News) - At least seven Hezbollah fighters were killed and more than 31 wounded in attacks by Syrian rebels in the Qalamoun region bordering Lebanon, activists and a monitoring group said.

"The clashes took place in a region that borders the northeastern Lebanese area of Arsal," Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told dpa.

He added that the fighting intensified Sunday when Hezbollah launched an attack in a bid to finish off the pockets of rebels in the Rankous area.

Hezbollah captured at least 14 militants from the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front during the clashes, Abdel Rahman said.

Syrians jets carried out seven raids on mountainous areas between Lebanon and Syria, near the town of Arsal, activists said.

Arsal is a largely Sunni town whose residents generally sympathize with the Sunni-led uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since it started in 2011.

Syrian activists in the area said that many of the fighters who were positioned in Qalamoun have taken refuge in the mountainous areas between Qalamoun and Lebanon and are now trying to attack positions manned by Hezbollah and their allies, the Syrian army.

The strategically important border region of Qalamoun has been recaptured by Syrian government troops and Hezbollah in April, cutting off a vital Syrian rebel supply lines from Lebanon.

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