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Hezbollah’s covert operation destroys mercenary-terrorists’ operations room in al-Zabadani

(FNA) ~ Hezbollah’s special forces went through militants’ line of defense in the Syrian border town of Zabadani and destroyed Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group’s operations room in a covert operation.

After receiving intelligence about the time and place of the meeting of Ahrar al-Sham leaders, the Hezbollah forces attacked their operations room on Wednesday night.

3 top commanders of the terrorist group were killed in the operation, while 35 more were injured and the terrorists’ vehicles were also completely destroyed.

Earlier on Wednesday, Syrian troops and fighters of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, continued advance in their offensive into the border town of Zabadani.

The army and Hezbollah forces’ joint operations continued for the fifth consecutive day in Zabadani in Reef (countryside of) Damascus from several directions and they could free 15 blocks in al-Zohrah district in the Northwestern part of the town.

They also killed tens of terrorists and wounded scores of others during their clashes with the militants.

Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV reported Monday that fighters of the group, backed by Syrian troops, are advancing into Central parts of Zabadani to purge the militants from the last positions they held inside the city.

The report said the allied forces seized control of residential areas in the al-Sultani district South of Zabadani while they are progressing to control the Al-Huda Mosque neighborhood.

Lebanese sources said Hezbollah fighters are closing in on militants trapped in Central Zabadani, pouring fire on them from every side.

Militants suffered heavy casualties in clashes that erupted Sunday in various parts of Zabadani. Fighting also raged overnight Monday when Syrian fighter jets pounded the positions of militants in Al-Jamaiyat neighborhood, West of the city.

At least four Hezbollah fighters and several Syrian troops have reportedly been killed in the battle on Zabadani, a strategic border town located 50 kilometers Northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

The offensive is part of a wider operation launched by Syria and Hezbollah since May 4, which has reportedly driven militants out of more than 90 percent of the territory previously controlled by them in mountainous Qalamoun region.

The highly strategic area, which straddles the Lebanese-Syrian border, was previously used by the al-Nusra Front militants for transferring weapons and ammunition into Syria, where they have been involved in terrorist activities.

Battle of al-Zabadani-commanders

How Significant Zabadani Is for Syrian Army, Hezbollah?

Achievements secured by the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters in Qalamoun and Arsal barrens will be fulfilled by the seizure of Zabadani which ccupies a strategic position.

Al-Manar said during its Saturday’s news bulletin that Zabadani is considered one of the most major supply routes of Takfiri militants from Lebanon to Qalamoun.

Zabadani is located 45km northwest of Damascus, and it is 8km far from the Lebanese-Syrian border. It directly overlooks Beirut-Damascus highway that links the countries, and lies as a center point between the capital and Homs along with the coastal area.

Zabadani is considered as the last stronghold of the militants along the border with Lebanon.

Analysts consider that the operation in Zabadani throws away the real threat posed by militants in the area, by cutting off their supply routes starting from Zabadani towards Arsal barrens.

The operation maintains stability in the border towns and villages which were recently subjected to terrorists attacks by the Takfiris.

Earlier on Saturday, Syrian army and Hezbollah resistance fighters launched a wide-scale offensive on several fronts in Zabadani, where they are securing significant gains.


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