Hezbollah advances in Qalamoun, dozens killed

As Iranian backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah advances in Qalamoun mountains and seizes more hilltops, dozens die on both sides

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Along the Syrian Qalamoun mountains close to the Lebanese border, Hezbollah has been advancing through the hilltops with the assistance of the Syrian regime army and has killed dozens of al Nusra Front fighters.

Hezbollah owned Al Manar TV aired a video that detailed the battle today.

The development comes less than a day after ten Hezbollah fighters were killed in Qalamoun, including a top leader of the group, as they attempted to take the Tallaja hilltop from al Nusra militants earlier this week.

The Iranian backed Shiite militias killed 30 Nusra fighter in retaliation the next day.

Monday’s deaths brought the number of Hezbollah fighters killed in the Qalamoun offensive since it began on May 4 to at least 22.

Hezbollah grand leader Hassan Nasrallah spoke publicly in South Lebanon declaring his group’s victory in Qalamoun last week, claiming the media had exaggerated the number of casualties on his side and vowing to deter any threat from al Nusra Front.

Hezbollah has backed Syrian President Bashar al Assad throughout Syria’s four year long civil war.

“Our presence will increase whenever it should. Yes, we are not present in one place in Syria and not the other. We will be everywhere in Syria,” Nasrallah said during a celebration to mark the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanese lands last week.

TRTWorld and agencies