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    The fighters of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah together with the Syrian army drove the terrorists from the the height of Tal Burkan on the Syrian-Lebanese border, a source in the Shiite movement told Sputnik on Friday.

    BEIRUT (Sputnik) — According to the source, the terrorists bear heavy losses and retreat into the depths of the gorges.

    "The fighters of Hezbollah and the Syrian army pushed terrorists out from the height of Tal Burkan in the mountainous region of Flita," the source said.

    The fighters of the Lebanese resistance continue their offensive in the direction of the Qanzah area and the Qariah valley, the source said.

    The Lebanese Shiite militant Hezbollah movement announced on Friday morning that it was launching a military operation against the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorist group (formerly known as al-Nusra Front, banned in Russia) on the Lebanese-Syrian border in the mountainous region of Aarsal.

    The offensive began simultaneously from two sides — from the city of Flita on the Syrian territory, and from the Lebanese territory along the eastern mountain ridge.

    Israeli soldiers train with paintball guns during a drill at an Army base near Elyakim, Israel.
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    On Tuesday, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that the government supported the Lebanese army's plans to hold a massive counterterrorist operation in the area, but noted that there was no coordination between Syrian and Lebanese forces.

    Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Hezbollah movement, said earlier this month that the militant groups had a chance to leave the Aarsal area, otherwise an operation to fight them would be launched.

    The hard-to-reach mountainous region of Aarsal is considered today the most tense place on the Lebanese-Syrian border. It has been used for arms smuggling and transit of new terrorist recruits to Syria. It also houses several camps for thousands of Syrian refugees.


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