BEIRUT - The Syrian army is preparing to wage a battle against rebels in the town of Yabroud, east of Lebanon's northern Beqaa border, Al-Akhbar newspaper reported Thursday.
“The Syrian army mobilized in Qalamoun, in preparation for a battle in Yabroud,” a military source told the pro-Hezbollah newspaper.
“The Reema Farms have witnessed violent clashes [between the army and the rebels], and the army have regained control of the hills around Al-Neaymat and Al-Abboudieh, along the Syrian-Lebanese border.”
The source also said that the occupation of the hill by regime troops would limit the infiltration of rebel gunmen into Qusayr, and the shelling of Lebanese areas, especially around Hermel.
A security source also told Al-Akhbar that the Lebanese army arrested 20 Free Syrian Army soldiers, who had infiltrated from the Beit Jann village in Syria to the Shebaa town in Lebanon.