7 Hezbollah fighters killed in clashes near Syria-Lebanon border

7 Hezbollah fighters killed in clashes near Syria-Lebanon border

PanARMENIAN.Net - Seven fighters from the Lebanese group Hezbollah were killed in fighting with Sunni Islamist insurgents in a mountainous area on the Syria-Lebanon border in which at least 16 rebels were also killed, a monitoring group said on Monday, July 14, according to Reuters.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition-affiliated watchdog, said a further 31 fighters from Hezbollah were wounded in the fighting in the border area between Ras al-Maara in Syria and Arsal in northeast Lebanon.

There was no immediate comment from Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Shi'ite Islamist group whose fighters have been aiding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

A Lebanese security official and a source close to Hezbollah said at least two Hezbollah fighters and 27 rebels had been killed in the fighting that erupted on Sunday.

Syrian government forces backed by Hezbollah fighters have driven rebels from major towns along the border with Lebanon in the last year. That has helped to shore up Assad's control in a corridor of territory stretching north from Damascus and driven remaining rebels into the mountains at the border.

The Observatory said Hezbollah had captured 14 Islamist fighters from groups including the Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official affiliate in the Syrian war.

Syrian government forces and Hezbollah "control the area, but they don't control every cave and mountain. There are many areas to hide in the mountains", said Rami Abdurrahman, the Britain-based head of the Observatory.

 Top stories
The political leader of Iraq's Kurds earlier appealed for international military aid to help defeat the Islamist militants.
Hassan Rouhani said his government will continue his policy of moderation and "constructive engagement" with the West.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu visited the town of Soma, which in May was the scene of Turkey's worst ever mining disaster.
The embassy staff were evacuated to neighboring Tunisia "due to the ongoing violence, the U.S. State Department said.
Partner news
Soghomon Tehlirian assassinated Talaat Pasha on March 15, 1921

Operation Nemesis was a covert operation by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation carried out from 1920 to 1922, during which a number of former Ottoman political and military figures were assassinated for their role in the Armenian Genocide.