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Damascus, Syria – On Saturday, militants of al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria) targeted headquarters of the Syrian regime and the Lebanese militia of Hezbollah in the Qalamoun area in northern Damascus, on the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Dozens of regime and Hezbollah fighters were reported dead during the Nusra-led attack, activists reported.
Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, media activist Hassan Telli reported sporadic clashes between the Syrian regime military forces (backed by members of Hezbollah militia) and armed groups of al-Nusra Front in the town of Falita, in northern Qalamoun.
Al-Nusra Front targeted the areas of al-Masroob and Jib in the vicinity of Falita, causing casualties in the ranks of the pro-Assad forces there, Nusra-linked media sources said.
“The Front targeted a group of Hezbollah’s Shiite militants on the mountains surrounding the Lebanese town of Nahleh, adjacent to the Syrian border.”
In Homs, activists said that at least 21 Syrian soldiers were killed during fighting with militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIL) in the vicinity of the natural gas field of al-Shaer on Saturday.
Over the past four days, IS intensified its attacks on the gas fields and oil installations in the eastern areas of Homs in an attempt to regain control of them, following forced withdrawal under the blows of the Syrian regime army’s strikes.
In Daraa, southern the country, the fighting in the vicinity of Brigade 82 of the Syrian army continued until Saturday morning, where joint forces of Islamist factions, al-Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) battalions were trying to control the city, after days of imposing control over the cities of Nawa and Sheikh Miskin, local sources told ARA News.
Meanwhile, the Syrian southern province of Quneitra saw fierce clashes in the vicinity of al-Baath City between the pro-regime forces and the armed opposition fighters.
The armed opposition aims to extend its control over the province of Quneitra in order to open a way towards the western countryside of Damascus.
Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish
Source: ARA News