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    Nusra Front's Militants Begin to Surrender at Syrian-Lebanese Border

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    Nusra Front began to surrender in the mountainous region of Aarsal at the Lebanese-Syrian border, according to a source in Hezbollah movement.

    BEIRUT (Sputnik) — The militants of the Nusra Front terrorist group (banned in Russia) have begun to surrender in the mountainous region of Aarsal at the Lebanese-Syrian border, a source in Hezbollah movement told Sputnik on Saturday.

    "Big units of Jabhat al-Nusra [Nusra Front] raised six white flags… in mountainous region of Aarsal, showing thus, that they were surrendering," the source said.

    On Friday, Lebanese Shiite militant movement Hezbollah announced a military operation against the Nusra Front. 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.

    Earlier in the day, Hezbollah carried out a rocket strike on the supply lines of the group and managed to take control of four more areas bordering Syria in the area south of Aarsal.

    The hard-to-reach mountainous region of Aarsal is considered the most tense place at 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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