Lebanese Hezbollah denies full control of Zabadani to Syrian forces

Hezbollah dismissed media reports that the Syrian town of Zabadani, near Lebanon’s border, had fallen to Hezbollah-backed Syrian government forces, Lebanese Daily Star reported.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency - Hezbollah dismissed media reports that the Syrian town of Zabadani, near Lebanon’s border, had fallen to Hezbollah-backed Syrian government forces, Lebanese Daily Star reported.

“There is no truth to the news reported by social networking sites about the Syrian army and the resistance [Hezbollah] forces controlling Zabadani and the withdrawal of al-Qaeda affiliated gunmen to the town of Madaya [south of Zabadani],” Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV reported on its website shortly before midnight.

It said clashes were still ongoing on several fronts in Zabadani, about 45 km (30 miles) northwest of the capital Damascus.

The so-called UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Wednesday said fighting also raged in the northern part of Homs province as government helicopter gunships bombarded towns in Sahl al-Ghab and northern Hama.

The fighting came after Hezbollah and the Syrian army killed six militants and captured nine as they advanced further toward the center of Zabadani Tuesday.


A security source told The Daily Star that Hezbollah lost two fighters during the last 24 hours of clashes.

The allied forces also seized control of the Al-Jisr neighborhood and Idrissi School, the source added, in what their commanders saw as “a major achievement.”

The developments come two days after the collapse of a cease-fire that had halted fighting in Zabadani in return for Syrian rebels stopping their offensives in the Shiite villages of Kefraya and Foua in Syria's Idlib province.





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