More than 40 Syrian soldiers and militia fighters from the Lebanese Shiite group, Hezbollah, were killed in an ambush by the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, the opposition army said Tuesday.
Free Syrian Army (FSA) said it targeted buses carrying Syrian soldiers and Hezbollah fighters between al-Bouz and al-Khanasir villages, in what it described as an “ambush,” without giving further information.
Opposition media, meanwhile, reported heavy clashes between FSA and the Hezbollah-backed regime army around the Justice Palace in old Aleppo.
It also reported clashes in other areas in the northwestern province, and that the regime has targeted Tal Rafaat city in the suburb with land-to-land missiles and shelling at around the area of Mingh military airport.
The Hezbollah-backed Syrian army declared victory over the FSA last week when it retook the strategic town of Qusayr, which borders Lebanon. Fighters from Hezbollah -- supported by Iran -- publicly led a 17-day assault on Qusayr.
Soon after the FSA defeat, Syria’s main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, said the West and the Arab League must get rid Syria of the “Iranian invasion.”
After Qusayr, Hezbollah’s presence in the country has multiplied.