Opposition-held Zabadani under Syrian army attack

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Zabadani has been under attacks by pro-Assad forces and allied Hezbollah for months. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – On Friday, Syrian regime army forces renewed attacks on the opposition-held city of Zabadani in Damascus countryside.

Violence continued for the second week in the western and southern parts of Zabadani as clashes are ongoing between rebels fighters and forces loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad –backed by Hezbollah militia. 

Pro-Assad army forces, backed by Hezbollah gunmen, tried to advance in the southern side of the city, but the opposition fighters were able to deter the attack following clashes that claimed lives of dozens of pro-Assad forces, according to rebel sources in Zabadani.

“The government jet fighters launched since Friday morning more than 15 airstrikes on Zabadani, killing at least 7 civilians,” local activists told ARA News. 

In the meantime, clashes broke out in Zahra Qala district west of Zabadani, when a group of Hezbollah fighters tried to infiltrate into the city.

“Our forces deterred the attack and obliged Hezbollah militants to retreat,” a rebel source said. 

Last week, Abu Malek at-Talli, leader of the Nusra Front in Syria’s Qalamoun, warned pro-Assad forces from trying to infiltrate into Zabadani, saying in a statement that Nusra will support rebels of Zabadani against the regime and Hezbollah forces.

“If they (pro-Assad forces) enter Zabadani, the city will turn into a graveyard for those enemies,” Talli said. 

 

Reporting by: Adel Hassan

Source: ARA News

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