Six Hezbollah fighters killed by Nusra Front on Syria-Lebanon border

Published April 30th, 2015 - 08:35 GMT

Six Hezbollah members have been reportedly killed in an ambush by the Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front in Syria's Qalamun region near the border with Lebanon.

The pan-Arab Al-Jazeera television said Wednesday the six men were killed when al-Nusra targeted Hezbollah “supply vehicles” in Qalamun.

Meanwhile, the UAE-based Orient News TV, which opposes the Assad regime, said al-Nusra carried out a “major operation” against a Hezbollah “supply convoy” in the Syrian region.

“Activists reported a huge explosion against a Hezbollah supply convoy in Qalamun and the loud blast was heard across the region,” the TV network said.

In early January, five Hezbollah members and six Nusra militants were reportedly killed when the al-Qaida-affiliated group attacked posts controlled by the Lebanese party and the Syrian army in the Qalamun town of Flita.

Al-Nusra announced on Twitter at the time that its fighters had planted landmines near posts controlled by Hezbollah and the Lebanese army in the border region.

Flita is just across the Lebanese border from Arsal and is a crossing point which rebels and refugees have used regularly.

Hezbollah has sent fighters across the border to aid Syrian regime troops in Qalamun and in several regions across Syria.

Its involvement helped the Syrian army recapture most of Qalamun from rebel hands.

The Lebanese army for its part has been battling Syria-based militants from al-Nusra and the Islamic State group who are entrenched on the porous border between Lebanon and Syria.

In August, jihadists from the two groups overran the Lebanese border town of Arsal and engaged in deadly fighting with the army. Around 20 troops were killed while at least 35 soldiers and policemen were taken hostage by the retreating militants.

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