Syrian rebels combat ISIS, Hezbollah in Qalamoun

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Syrian rebels in Qalamoun. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – On Tuesday, fierce battles continued between rebels of al-Fatih Army (an extended umbrella for Syrian rebels) and fighters from the Shiite militia of Hezbollah in al-Qalamoun province, northwest of Damascus, local activists reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Qalamoun, media activist Hussam Telli reported that the clashes between fighters of al-Fatih Army and the Lebanese Hezbollah renewed on Tuesday morning in the vicinity of the strategic town of Assal al-Ward in the western areas of the province.

At least 25 Hezbollah militants were killed in the recent battles of Qalamoun. Ten other Shiite militants of Hezbollah have been captured by Syrian rebels. 

Meanwhile, the Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) announced it had gained control of several IS headquarters in the Qalamoun, capturing more than 50 militants including prominent leaders.

This coincided with clashes between by al-Fatih Army and the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in an attempt to expel latter from the province.

Leadership of al-Fatih Army in Qalamoun said in a statement that its forces have launched an extensive military operations against the radical group, aimed at expelling IS militants form the province. 

Syrian opposition activists accused militants of the Islamic State of terrorizing civilians in Qalamoun by trying to impose their control on villages and towns in the province.  

Last week, rebels of al-Fatih Army took control of the strategic hills between the towns of al-Jibba and Assal al-Ward in the western areas of Qalamoun, following clashes with Hezbollah fighters. The rebel group has also reported gains against IS militants in the area. 

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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