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More highlands retaken from militants in Qalamoun

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A Hezbollah fighter monitors an area as he stands on a hill on the Lebanese side of the Qalamoun mountains on the border with Syria on May 20, 2015. © AFP

Fighters of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah have retaken some new highlands from militants operating in the Syria-Lebanon border region of Qalamoun.

Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV said Monday that the group’s fighters recaptured several highlands on the outskirts of Nahlah region, which is located along the Lebanese eastern mountain range.

According to the report, several militants of the Nusra Front terrorist group were killed and some others were wounded in the area as Hezbollah fighters destroyed a car belonging to them. Manar also said that the Monday battle led to the full control of Hezbollah on Tallit Sadr al-Bustan, a hilltop which was captured by the group and Syrian army troops on Saturday.

Nahlah was the scene of bloody battles between the resistance fighters and the Takfiri militants last October which led to the killing of eight Hezbollah members.  

The recent battle for Qalamoun, a joint operation launched by Hezbollah and the Syrian army earlier this month, aims to completely push the terrorists out of the highly strategic region, which straddles the Lebanese-Syrian border.

The allied forces have managed to recapture more than 310 kilometers of the mountainous region from the Takfiri terrorists over the past three weeks while many arms depots, operation rooms, factories for manufacturing booby-trapped cars and hideouts of the terrorists have been destroyed in the area.

Before the Syria-Hezbollah joint operation started, Nusra militants had been using Qalamoun for transferring weapons and reinforcements from Lebanon into Syria, where they have been engaged in terrorist operations.

Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said Sunday that the operation in Qalamoun will continue until the group is certain about “full security” in Lebanon’s border with Syria. Three more Hezbollah fighters have been confirmed killed in the battle over the past few days, raising the movement's death toll  to 16.

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