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Damascus, Syria – On Saturday, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad intensified bombardment on positions of the al-Fatih Army (an extended umbrella for Syrian rebels) in Qalamoon area in the northwestern countryside of Damascus, near the Syrian-Lebanese border, military sources reported.
Meanwhile, clashes took place on several fronts between the al-Fatih Army fighters and the Lebanese Hezbollah militants in Jurud near Qalamoun.
Speaking to ARA News, media activist Ghaith Halbouni said that the air force of the Syrian regime targeted military bases of the al-Fatih Army near the Lebanese border in Qalamoun’s Jurud with dozens of air strikes, in an attempt to provide air cover to the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas who have been trying to advance in the Syrian territory for days.
Halbouni emphasized that the clashes between the al-Fatih Army and Hezbollah militia in Lebanon intensified in the al-Jibba and Assal al-Ward fronts, causing the death of two members of the militia.
The death toll of Hezbollah militants since the beginning of the clashes in Qalamoun reached ten, including prominent leaders.
The source added that al-Fatih Army fighters declared Saturday control of one of the three strategic hills between the towns of al-Jibba and Assal al-Ward.
Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish
Source: ARA News