Syria in the Last 24 Hours: US Dispatches More Armored Vehicles to Raqqa

Army establishes full control over Jroud Fleiteh in al-Qalamoun al-Gharabi

23 July، 2017
Damascus Countryside, SANA

Army units, in cooperation with the Lebanese resistance and Internal Security Forces, established full control over Jroud Fleiteh in al-Qalamoun al-Gharabi area in Damascus Countryside after eliminating the last gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in it.

In a press statement from Taliet al-Qara that has been cleared of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists, a field commander of the Syrian Arab Army said that the front line of Jabhat al-Nusra has been broken during the past 24 hours by heroes of the Syrian Army and the resistance, adding that all Jroud Fleiteh and part of Jroud Arsal were cleared of Jabaht al-Nusra and that the army units became in a direct confrontation with the terrorists of ISIS in Halimat Qara about 3 km of Taliet al-Qara.

He added that the joint military operation of the army and the resistance ended up with having control of an area of 36 square kilometer and eliminating more than 70 terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra as well as destroying their dens and equipment, while the rest of them fled away.

The field commander affirmed that army units will continue their operations as part of their national mission to eradicate terrorism wherever it is found on Syrian soil.

In turn, an officer from the Internal Security Forces said that Special Task Units in the Interior Ministry participated along with the Syrian Arab Army in its operations to defeat terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra in Jroud Fleiteh, adding that the army also established control over the hills of Qara, al-Shajara, Taliet al-Burkan, al-Qala’a, Shaabit al-Qala’a.

He said that morale of the army fighters is high and they continue to carry out their duties in a high combat spirit until eliminating terrorists in all Syrian territory.

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Army destroys ISIS hideouts in Deir Ezzor, establishes control over areas in Homs countryside


23 July، 2017
Provinces, SANA

The Syrian Air Force destroyed ISIS terrorists’ hideouts in Deir Ezzor in strikes that targeted their positions and gatherings during the past few hours.

SANA’s reporter said that army units clashed with ISIS terrorists at the southern outskirts of Deir Ezzor city and at the vicinity of the Airport, killing or injuring many of the terrorists.

The reporter pointed out that the clashes were coincided with airstrikes on the hills located to the south of the city where a vehicle equipped with a machinegun and a number of hideouts were destroyed.

On a relevant note, a young man set fire to an ISIS media center in al-Hattla village to the north of Deir Ezzor city, according to local sources.

The sources confirmed that the terrorist nicknamed “Abu Torab” who was the “administration official” ISIS in al-Bogheilia and Ayash areas and the terrorist Othman Sultan who was the head of al-Quoria media center have escaped.

The sources also confirmed that the terrorist Saleh Mohammad al-Khleif, a senior security member of ISIS, has also escaped to the eastern countryside, taking huge sums of money with him.

Homs

Meanwhile, units of the army established control over a number of strategic points and hills to the north of al-Hil oil field in Palmyra countryside and killed a number of ISIS terrorists.

US Dispatches More Armored Vehicles to Raqqa

TEHRAN (FNA)- Footage surfaced online depicting flatbed tracks laden with American armored military vehicles passing through Syria, with conflicting commentary claiming that the materiel was bound for use by either US-backed Syrian militant groups or US troops themselves fighting ISIL in Raqqa city.

The photos and videos were uploaded by Syrian Kurdish activists who are known affiliates of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The vehicles included Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, Mine-Resistant All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs) and armored bulldozers, the report said.

The Syrian army also continued its advances in other key provinces across Syria.

Raqqa

Well-informed sources said that the weapons were mounted on the backs of flatbed trucks and were filmed passing through Qamishli, 170 miles Northeast of Raqqa city.

​All three vehicle types were previously mentioned in Pentagon reports as assets being supplied to SDF fighters.

“Up-armored vehicles have been delivered to the SDF and (Syrian Arab Coalition) as part of our existing authorities to enable them,” a spokesperson for US operations in Syria told Task & Purpose.

​”Specifically, these vehicles will help them contend with the ISIL terrorists’ IED threat in their current operation, and as they move to isolate (Raqqa).”

Mine-resistant vehicles are deployed against areas known to hide improvised explosive devices, which are a major danger to American soldiers riding in armored vehicles. At least half of all US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan have been attributed to IEDs.

​However, the spokesperson went on to tell Task & Purpose that MRAPs and M-ATVs were “not part of the package that is divested to the SDF.” The Military Times noted that the M-ATVs were mounted with Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWs) systems, which allow for operators to fire the M-ATV’s mounted.50 cal machine gun without exposing themselves to enemy fire. CROWS systems also weren’t provided to SDF fighters.

​Instead, the vehicles “are for use by the Coalition to protect our forces from IEDs.” In other words, the Pentagon claims these armored vehicles are for use by Western operators, not SDF militants.

Under the Trump administration, there has been an uptick in American support for the SDF, a coalition of various militias.

In the meantime, the army units continued their tough battle with ISIL and managed to capture two towns on the Euphrates River after advancing some 35 kilometers through ISIL-held territories in Raqqa province.

Back by pro-government tribal fighters, the army’s Tiger Forces dashed across Eastern Raqqa and captured the towns of Dalha and al-Aukarishi, thus reaching the Euphrates River in one of its largest single advances in 2017.

With Deir Ezzur city only 80 kilometers away, the Tiger Forces – commanded by Major General Suheil Al-Hassan – have been tasked with pushing Southeast along the M4-Highway, ultimately looking to lift the long-standing siege.

Reports also said that a large number of civilians fled their homes in Raqqa to escape the ISIL as well as the growing civilian casualties of the US airstrikes on the terrorist group’s pseudo-state’s Syrian capital.

As the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces of the Euphrates Rage Operation continue the bloody offensive on ISIL in Raqqa, the US-led coalition’s increasing air raids lead to a growing number of civilian casualties.

Now local sources say that the heavy bombardments by the coalition and ISIL’s attacks have caused civilians to escape the city in groups.

“Houses, families, children, women, all are hit in random strikes,” a man said.

Another civilian recounted how he had returned to his home one morning to find 12 people dead and then buried them, adding that “there is a massacre at every village, there is no exception for that, massacres took place in all of them”.

According to reports, US-led coalition air strikes have killed hundreds of civilians in Syria. The air raids have resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but also have led to tens of thousands of civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced.

Meanwhile, United Nations war crimes investigators has reported that the US-led coalition’s aerial back up for the Kurdish forces to take control of Raqqa from ISIL have thus far killed hundreds of civilians and displaced tens of thousands more.

The UN investigators said that intensified US-led coalition air raids on ISIL’s strongholds in Raqqa are causing a “staggering loss of civilian life”.

Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry, said that intensified coalition airstrikes have killed at least 300 civilians in the Syrian Northern city of Raqqa since March.

He added that “we note in particular that the intensification of air strikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, have resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced.”

Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that “the battle for Raqqa is not just about defeating ISIS (ISIL or Daesh), but also about protecting and assisting the civilians who have suffered under ISIL rule for three and a half years.”

“Coalition members and local forces should demonstrate concretely that the lives and rights of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Raqqa are a parallel priority in the offensive,” Fakih added.

Pentagon chief James Mattis has recently said that the US is “accelerating the tempo” of the fight against ISIL, and that civilian deaths should be anticipated as a “fact of life”.

The comments came after new figures from war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights found that the last four-week period was the deadliest for Syrian civilians on record since the US-led coalition bombing campaign began in 2014.

Based on reports, since the first days of 2017 hundreds of civilians have been killed in the US-led coalition’s airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

The SDF started military Operations codenamed ‘Euphrates Rage’ to liberate Raqqa from the ISIL hands in November 2016, as the US has sent tens of trucks full of light and semi-heavy weapons to the Syrian Democratic Forces.

An army source announced on Saturday that the Syrian army established four humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians out of Raqqa.

The source told Sputnik that the necessity of the corridors arose as ISIL terrorists “have started threatening civilians as the army approaches and conduct unlawful actions.”

“It was necessary to take emergency measures to protect and save our compatriots. We have the people a chance to return to a normal life,” the source said, adding that the militants were trying to hinder the evacuation by mining local roads and crossroads.

Damascus

The army troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters continued to storm defense lines of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in Arsal heights at Syria-Lebanon border and managed to impose control over several heights and positions.

The resistance forces resumed their operation in Arsal heights with two offensives on Al-Nusra from different directions.

The resistance fighters hit the Al-Nusra positions in the Western Qalamoun heights from the town of Faliteh, and also stormed Al-Nusra’s strongholds in the North and East of Arsal heights from the Southern parts of the heights in East Lebanon.

The Hezbollah forces in the Western Qalamoun managed to take control of Tal (hill) al-Barkan and the heights of al-Karah al-Awal, Zalil al-Haj and Haraf al-Sa’abah in Jaroud Faliteh region.

The Hezbollah troops also drove the Al-Nusra from the al-Rahwa plain, Wadi al-Daqiq, Wadi al-Za’arour (including the three positions of Ra’ad 1,2 and 3) in Arsal heights, and Tanftnaz position in Mount al-Qanzah and Zahrah al-Hawa position.

A military source reported that the resistance fighters’ control over Zaharh al-Hawa position in Arsal heights has paved the way for the liberation of Wadi (plain) al-Kheil and Wadi al-Dab.

The source further added that tens of terrorists, including one of the commanders in Zaharah al-Hawa position along with three of his aides were killed and several more were wounded in the attack.

The source pointed out that the Al-Nusra has also lost a number of its military vehicles in the operation.

Informed sources said on Saturday that the terrorists that were targeted by the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in Arsal heights issued distress calls to urge their peers to rush to their aid.

The sources said that rapid advances of the Hezbollah troops in Arsal heights in Lebanon-Syria border region caused a growing wave of dispair among the terrorists of the Al-Nusra Front.

The sources added that the Al-Nusra terrorists have called for the assistance of their comrades in other battlefields.

The resistance fighters continued their attacks on Al-Nusra’s positions in the Eastern part of Arsal heights and imposed control over the heights of Zahar al-Safa, Zalil al-Kheil and al-Azabeh region.

The Hezbollah combatants and the Syrian army soldiers also captured al-Koreh 2, Qana Kharba al-Javar, al-Zalil al-Aswad height, Haraf Wadi al-Oweini region, al-Shajara in Faliteh of the Western Qalamoun.

The army men and their popular allies also took military control over Wadi al-Oweini region.

Another field source reported that the terrorists left behind their weapons and equipment in Qanah al-Qanza in Arsal heights and fled the battlefield.

The source said that Al-Nusra terrorists deployed in Wadi Hamid and al-Malahi regions in Arsal have called for their comrades’ help and support through radio distress calls.

In the meantime, the army troops continued to hit terrorists’ strongholds in Ein Terma region and managed to destroy a large depot of arms and ammunition.

a source reported that the army men continued their anti-terrorism advances in Ein Terma and detonated a large arms and munitions depot Northeast of Sonbol petrol station, killing a number of terrorists, including several snipers.

The source added that several strong positions of the terrorists adjacent to Shimi Land project in Ein Terma were destroyed in the attack.

The source further pointed out that the army has imposed full control over three strategic positions of al-Menara School, Zmelka crossroad and Meat Packing Company in its one-month long operation in Ein Terma.

The army destroyed a tank, several BMP vehicles, eight missile launchpads, and ten heavy and semi-heavy machineguns of terrorists in its operation.

The source went on to say that over six military convoys of the terrorists along the road connecting Harmaleh passageway to their positions in Ein Terma, 37 tunnels and trenches including three tunnels for vehicles, media center of the terrorists were destroyed in the army’s one-month-long operation in Eastern Damascus.

Over 400 militants were killed or wounded in the army operations too, the source added.

The Hezbollah fighters kicked off the second phase of a major offensive on the Al-Nusra Front in Arsal Heights and managed to drive the terrorists out of more strategic positions.

The resistance fighters engaged in fierce clashes with Al-Nusra terrorists and managed to impose control over the regions of Javar al-Sheih, Wadi Kreiti, Zalil al-Abyadh and Saraj Qavisaf South of Arsal heights.

The Hezbollah forces also captured Qarna Wadi al-Kheil region and Qarna al-Qanzah height.

In the meantime, Hezbollah’s missile units shelled terrorists’ positions heavily in Wadi al-Oweni triangle and Wadi al-Kheil region in Arsal heights, inflicting major losses on the militants.

Field sources said on Saturday that a sum of 100 terrorists announced their intention to lay down arms and surrender to the Syrian Army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in Arsal heights at the two countries’ border region.

The sources said that a hundred gunmen of Saraya Ahle Sham terrorist group declared intention to end fight with the Syrian army soldiers and Hezbollah fighters in Wadi Hamid region in Arsal Heights at Syria-Lebanon border.

Also Arab media outlets reported that the commander of the Al-Nusra Front in Western Qalamoun and Arsal Heights asked a hefty amount of money to leave the positons for Turkey amid the Syrian and Lebanese forces’ raging operation in the region.

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen quoted a field source as saying that Abu Malek al-Tali, the commander of ISIL in the regions of Qalamoun and Arsal at the Syria-Lebanon border asked $30mln to leave his positions for Turkey.

The source told al-Mayadeen that al-Tali refused all the mediation proposals to prevent bloodshed, adding that al-Tali has announced that he does not care for the fate of his forces and is ready to receive $30mln, hand over the region to the Syrian and Lebanese forces and leave the region for Turkey via Beirut airport.

Al-Tali has even refused a safe, but, unpaid relocation to Idlib, the source continued.

Field reports said on Saturday that the army soldiers continued their anti-terrorism operation in Ein Terma and Jobar regions in Eastern Ghouta to decrease terrorists’ threats in the region.

The army’s missile and mortar units opened heavy fire at terrorists’ strongholds in the village of Jesrin East of Ein Terma, while the army ground forces managed to advance against the terrorists in the region under their comrades’ heavy fire.

The army’s missile and mortar attacks also pinned down Faylaq al-Rahman behind its positions in Jesrin.

A military source in Eastern Ghouta reported that the second phase of Jobar operation will start in the next few days, underlining that the priority of the upcoming operation will be purging the Western direction of Jobar that has long been under the terrorists’ occupation.

The source further added that the army units have also kicked off a fresh round of attacks on terrorists’ defense lines to drive them out of Ein Terma-Zmelka-Jobar triangle.

The source went on to say that the fresh operation in the Triangle is aimed at cutting off the supply lines to the positions of Faylaq al-Rahman that are threatening the security of the Eastern parts of the Damascus province.

Meantime, the Syrian armed forces declared the start of a ceasefire regime in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus province starting from Saturday noon.

The ceasefire was reported to come in force at 12:00 local time, SANA reported.

Yet, the report said the Syrian forces reserve the right to respond to any violation of the ceasefire regime in Eastern Ghouta.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday that the agreements on functioning of Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone in Syria’s Damascus were signed.

The agreements, which were signed in Cairo, Egypt, define borders of the de-escalation zone and locations of control powers, according to the statement.

“These documents define the borders of the de-escalation zone, the deployment sites and powers of the de-escalation control forces, as well as the routes for delivering humanitarian aid and clear passage to the population,” the ministry said.

The ministry added that the first humanitarian convoy to the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone is expected in nearest time. It will be followed by the evacuation of wounded civilians for East Ghouta.

The documents have been signed in the development of the Astana agreements with the mediation of the Egyptian side, it noted.

Idlib

Terrorists of Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at declared ceasefire after non-stop clashes in Idlib province.

Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham ended fight after the former took up to retreat from its positions in Bab al-Hawa border region in Northern Idlib and pass on control to a non-military council.

The two terrorist groups also agreed to halt clashes, remain committed to the truce and free each other’s war captives.

Ahrar al-Sham Commander Abu Amar al-Omar had previously threatened that if Tahrir al-Sham attacked their positions, his forces would retaliate in alliance with other militant groups.

In reaction to the recent intensified clashes between terrorist groups in Idlib, the Turkish Army has deployed several artillery units in front of Bab al-Hawa border passageway in Northern Idlib and the Turkish fighter jets are carrying continued flights over the border region with Syria.

According to reports, over 90 terrorists were killed and 130 more wounded in the clashes between rival groups in Idlib in recent days.

Kurdish media outlet reported on Saturday that almost 150 militants affiliated to the Turkish Army entered the Northwestern province of Idlib following intensified clashes between Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at.

The Kurdish-language ARA news reported that a 150-member group of the Ankara-backed Euphrates Shield Operation forces crossed the Turkish border into the Northern territories of Idlib province via Bab al-Hawa border-passage after Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham engaged in a fresh round of fierce clashes in the province.

ARA quoted Ahrar al-Sham’s Spokesman Mohammad Abu Zeid as saying that the first group of his forces, including 150 fighters, entered Northern Idlib from the Turkish territories via Bab al-Hawa, adding that more groups will arrive in the province soon.

News websites affiliated to the terrorist groups reported that over 300 militants of Ahrar al-Sham crossed the border into Northern Aleppo and moved towards Idlib.

Tahrir Al-Sham Terrorists Occupy More Regions in Northern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) stormed rival terrorist groups’ positions in Western Aleppo and took control over a town, a village and a mountain without any clashes, local sources reported.

The sources said that Tahrir al-Sham dispatched its military column, including 25 vehicles, and captured the town of Dar al-Izzah.

They went on to say that Tahrir al-Sham imposed control over the village of Termanin and Mount Barakat that is the highest mountain in Northern Aleppo overlooking Afrin region and Western and Northern Aleppo.

The sources said that the militant Regiment of Hazifeh Bin al-Liman and the Battalions of Ibn Tamimeh cut their ties with Ahrar al-Sham and joined Tahrir al-Sham, paving the ground for Tahrir al-Sham to capture the region without any battle.

Relevant reports said on Thursday that intensified clashes between Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at in Southern Idlib resulted in the latter’s control over several towns and villages.

The clashes erupted in the towns of Saraqib, Sarmada, Khan al-Sobol, Ariha, Salqin, Abli and Kalki, leaving tens of terrorists dead and wounded from both sides.

According to reports, Tahrir al-Sham took control of the villages and towns of Harem, Azmarin, al-Dana, al-Habit and al-Amar and the Sraqib silos.

After the development, Ahrar al-Sham attacked the town of Hazarin, occupied by Tahrir al-Sham on Wednesday, by tanks.

Meantime, during the clashes, the main roads of Idlib province were closed and the civilians in the region were strongly scared.

Army Captures Hilltops near Border with Lebanon

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops and Hezbollah fighters engaged in firefights with militants and recaptured 10 hilltops in the area of the Qalamoun Mountains, including Tal Al-Kurah Al-Awal, Tal Dalel Al-Hajj, and Harf Al-Sa’bah during fierce clashes with militants of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.

Terrorists Retreating Lebanon-Syria Border Amid Rapid Advances of Hezbollah Fighters

TEHRAN (FNA)- Hundreds of terrorists have started to retreat from the battlefields in the Arsal heights after devastating attacks by the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement in the region in recent days, Arab media outlets reported.

The Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi reported that over 236 gunmen of Saraya Ahle Sham terrorist group managed to coordinate with Hezbollah command center and retreated from Arsal heights, moving towards a refugee camp in Wadi Hami and al-Malahi regions.

In the meantime, a number of terrorists of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in Aqab al-Dab region near Wadi al-Kheil in the Arsal heights hoisted white flags and called for surrender, Elam al-Harbi added.

Also, the Syrian Army troops along with Hezbollah fighters drove terrorists out of over 20 regions and heights in the Lebanon-Syria border in the last two days.

Informed sources said on Saturday that the terrorists that had been targeted by the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in Arsal heights issued distress calls to urge their peers to rush to their aid.

The sources said that rapid advances of the Hezbollah troops in Arsal heights in Lebanon-Syria border region have caused a growing wave of despair among the terrorists of the Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board).

The sources added that the Al-Nusra terrorists called for the assistance of their comrades in other battlefields.

The resistance fighters continued their attacks on Al-Nusra’s positions in the Eastern part of Arsal heights and imposed control over the heights of Zahar al-Safa, Zalil al-Kheil and al-Azabeh region.

The Hezbollah combatants and the Syrian army soldiers also captured al-Koreh 2, Qana Kharba al-Javar, al-Zalil al-Aswad height, Haraf Wadi al-Oweini region, al-Shajara in Faliteh of the Western Qalamoun.

The army men and their popular allies also took military control over Wadi al-Oweini region.

Another field source reported that the terrorists left behind their weapons and equipment in Qanah al-Qanza in Arsal heights and fled the battlefield.

The source said that Al-Nusra terrorists deployed in Wadi Hamid and al-Malahi regions in Arsal have called for their comrades’ help and support through radio distress calls.

Hezbollah Fighters Prevail over Main Defense Line of Terrorists at Lebanon-Syria Border

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Lebanese Hezbollah fighters that captured Zahrah al-Hawa position in Arsal height yesterday managed to break through the terrorists’ defense lines in Zaharh al-Hawa height earlier today and imposed control over six main passageways.

The resistance troops continued to hit the defense lines of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) and captured Zahrah al-Hawa height.

A military source reported that Zahrah al-Hawa was one of the most important bastions of the Al-Nusra in Arsal heights, adding that the Hezbollah fighters captured the positions of al-Ta’ef, Fatah and al-Rayeh after taking back Zahrah al-Hawa height.

The resistance combatants further imposed military control over six main passageways of Wadi al-Kheil, Wadi al-Oweni, Wadi Abu Zenoubeh, Wadi al-Ma’eisadeh, Jawar al-Sheikh and Wadi al-Reihan.

In the meantime, the Hezbollah fighters took control of Heqab Wadi al-Kheil and Seyar al-Hatab heights from the Northern direction and seized Zalil Wadi al-Kheil height from the Eastern direction.

The Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi reported earlier today that over 236 gunmen of Saraya Ahle Sham terrorist group managed to coordinate with Hezbollah command center and retreated from Arsal heights, moving towards a refugee camp in Wadi Hami and al-Malahi regions.

In the meantime, a number of terrorists of Al-Nusra Front in Aqab al-Dab region near Wadi al-Kheil in the Arsal heights hoisted white flags and called for surrender, Elam al-Harbi added.

Also, the Syrian Army troops along with Hezbollah fighters drove terrorists out of over 20 regions and heights in the Lebanon-Syria border in the last two days.

Al-Nusra Suffers Heavy Casualties in Hezbollah’s Operation at Lebanon-Syria Border

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters continued the third day of their joint anti-terrorism operation in the mountainous regions at their common border, killing tens of terrorists of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board).

The resistance forces engaged in heavy fighting with Al-Nusra in Arsal heights and took control of Wadi al-Oweni region that was one of the most vital centers of the Al-Nusra.

In the meantime, the Hezbollah fighters imposed full control over Sho’abah al-Qal’ah East of Jaroud Arsal and seized control over Wadi al-Dab and Wadi al-Reihan regions.

A military source in the region said that 46 members of Al-Nusra have been killed and tens of others have been wounded on the third day of the Hezbollah’s operation in Arsal heights, adding that 23 terrorists were also killed in Flaiteh heights in Western Qalamoun.

The resistance troops continued to hit the defense lines of Al-Nusra Front and captured the Zahrah al-Hawa heights.

The Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi reported earlier today that over 236 gunmen of Saraya Ahle Sham terrorist group managed to coordinate with Hezbollah command center and retreated from Arsal heights, moving towards a refugee camp in Wadi Hami and al-Malahi regions.

In the meantime, a number of terrorists of Al-Nusra Front in Aqab al-Dab region near Wadi al-Kheil in the Arsal heights hoisted white flags and called for surrender, Elam al-Harbi added.

Also, the Syrian Army troops along with Hezbollah fighters drove terrorists out of over 20 regions and heights in the Lebanon-Syria border in the last two days.