The Syrian army and Hezbollah have advanced further toward the center of the Syrian border town of Zabadani, trapping rebels in one square kilometer area, Al-Manar TV reported Sunday.
The Hezbollah-run channel said the allied forces captured the Al-Jisr Mosque in the western part of central Zabadani during their recent advancements, and discovered explosives left inside by militants.
The rebels, surrounded in one twenty-fifth of Zabadani’s total area, also suffered a number of casualties in the recent battles, the channel added.
The developments come two days after rebels ended a large-scale offensive on Hezbollah bases on the eastern outskirts of Zabadani, which resulted in the deaths of seven fighters Thursday and Friday.
The Hezbollah and Syrian army offensive in Zabadani launched early in July is considered an attempt by the allies to bolster their control of land routes between Lebanon and Syria and sever rebel supply lines.
Zabadani is located 50 kilometers northwest of Damascus and 12 kilometers northeast of Lebanon’s Masnaa border crossing.
It bears strategic significance for Hezbollah since it once served as a logistical hub for supplying the party with Iranian weapons. It also served as a base for Hezbollah fighters and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
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