Syrian army captures area near Lebanon: Hezbollah

Lebanon’s Hezbollah members carry the coffin of their fellow fighter Hamza Zaiter during his funeral in Baalbek, in the Bekaa valley. (File photo: Reuters)

The Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters captured a mountainous area on Syria’s border with Lebanon on Thursday and killed dozens of insurgents including from al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front wing, a Hezbollah official told Reuters.

The area, Assal al-Ward, is a strategic position that overlooks Lebanese border towns where Hezbollah has heavy presence. Fighters from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement in Lebanon have fought alongside Syrian army forces in Syria’s civil war.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47