0

Comments

Facebook

Twitter

Google

send


NOW

NGO Chief: 7 Hezbollah
fighters killed, 20 injured in Syria

Pro-regime forces holding a position on the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun.  (AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA)

BEIRUT - Seven fighters belonging to the military wing of the Lebanese Shiite party Hezbollah were killed and twenty more were injured in three days of fighting in Syria’s Qalamoun region, Rami Abdul Rahman, Director of the NGO the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told NOW on Saturday.

 

“Seven Hezbollah fighters were killed while twenty others were injured on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,” Abdul Rahman said.

 

He added that one of the fighters had been beheaded by members of the Sunni Jihadist group the Al-Nusra Front.

 

According to the NGO director, the losses were inflicted during battles in wasteland areas near the towns of Rankous and Assal al-Ward, in Syria’s embattled Qalamoun region.

 

He also said that recent deployments by Hezbollah did not necessarily represent an advance, noting that the party’s fighters had: “concentrated at new locations in mountainous and hilly [terrain], which were never held by opposition fighters in the first place.”

 

Fighting has raged in the Qalamoun since May 2013, when Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced that his party was fighting alongside the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, now in its fourth year. 

Pro-regime forces holding a position on the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun. (AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA)

The party’s fighters have “concentrated at new locations in mountainous and hilly [terrain], which were never held by opposition fighters in the first place.”