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Damascus, Syria− Several areas in the Syrian capital Damascus saw clashes between rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and pro-regime military forces.
Neighbourhoods of Zablatani and Jobar turned into battlefields between the FSA and the Syrian military on Wednesday morning, local sources reported.
“The regime forces shelled the neighbourhood ( Jobar and Zablatani) from their headquarters in Mount Qasion, as fierce clashes took place between both parties near the Southern Highway (al-Mutahaliq al-Janoubi),” Yezen Ibrahim, a media activist based in Damascus, told ARA News.
Meanwhile, fighters of FSA −backed by Jabhat al-Nusra− dominated the headquarters of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia (a Shi’ite sect militant funded by Iran) in the Qalamoon area in Damascus countryside on Wednesday, after clashes between fighters of both groups in Rima farms near the war-torn town of Yabroud.
At least 15 members of Hezbollah were killed, whereas three FSA fighters lost their lives during the clashes. Dozens of injuries were reported from both sides, local sources told ARA News.
Since the early beginning of the Syrian war, Hezbollah entered the conflict alongside the Assad regime.
According to The Daily Star, officials received security information about new “Eastern European mercenaries” arriving in batches at the Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport on their way to Syria to fight alongside President Bashar Assad’s regime.
“According to an Eastern European intelligence unit, most of these fighters have professional military experience and have fought in Chechnya,” The Daily Star added. “The sources confirmed that these Eastern European fighters wear Hezbollah military uniforms as well as yellow bands on their heads to show their loyalty. The sources also revealed that Eastern European Company M-Security Group, one of the most prominent organizations of its kind in the region, recruited the fighters specifically to send them to Syria to fight alongside the Syrian regime for a large monthly salary as well as insurance for their families.”
Reporting by: Jawad al-Ali
Source: ARA News