Hezbollah and the Syrian Army clashed with jihadi militants and seized two key vantage points along the Lebanese border Wednesday, ahead of a much-anticipated offensive in Qalamoun, security sources said.
The clashes occured near the village of Flita, which is located only five kilometers from the border with Lebanon.
Syrian warplanes launched airstrikes against militant positions on the outskirts of the Lebanese border town of Arsal while the Syrian Army and Hezbollah captured two strategic hilltops on Flita’s outskirts.
The clashes left at least 19 rebels dead or wounded, the sources added.
Hezbollah is said to be preparing for a decisive battle against Islamist militants in Syria’s Qalamoun.
The offensive is set to target ISIS (Daesh) and Nusra Front gunmen holed up in the mountainous area along the border with Lebanon.
ISIS and Nusra Front are still holding hostage 25 Lebanese servicemen captured during the fierce fighting with the Lebanese Army in Arsal last August.
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