A Lebanese soldier stands guard near a bombed can in Baalbek. File photo
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Beirut, Lebanon – On Thursday, Lebanese army units clashed with Syrian gunmen in the area of Jurud in the town of Ras Baalbek adjacent to the eastern Syrian-Lebanese border, officials reported.
Military sources told local media that the Lebanese army forces were able to repel an attempted advance by Syrian militants after fierce clashes in the Jurud area.
The Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) confirmed that the army took control of the top of a hill (one of the strategic peaks in the Jurud area) and seized large numbers of weapons as well as ammunition following the gunmen’s withdrawal.
The Lebanese army was able to advance in Ras Baalbek towards the Syrian border, and established a number of security checkpoints for the sake of surveillance.
The NNA referred to the army’s use of heavy and medium artillery during the military operation, as well as military helicopters which raided the gunmen’s major stronghold of Tel Hamra.
On the other hand, al-Nusra Front (Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the Kalamoon area –northwest of Damascus– said that its fighters are still in control of the Tel Hamra in Ras Baalbek in Lebanon, confirming the Lebanese army’s bombing of the region, which caused a number of casualties in the ranks of Hezbollah militia and the pro-Assad soldiers.
Noteworthy, since August 2014, the Lebanese eastern border has seen several battles between fighters of al-Nusra Front –who are based in Kalamoon area– and Hezbollah guerrillas backed by pro-Assad army.
Reporting by: Salman Mohammed
Source: ARA News