Syria: Hezbollah advances on Zabadani, SOHR

Rebels including Jabhat Al-Nusra closer to NW Shia enclaves

04 September, 15:47

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, SEPTEMBER 4 - Shia Lebanese Hezbollah fighters advanced Friday towards Zabadani, west of the capital, against local Sunni rebels.

    At the same time, fighters from the local Al-Qaeda affiliate, Jabhat Al-Nusra, were tightening their siege on two Shia towns, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). The SOHR has been monitoring violations in Syria since 2007. Hezbollah's Al-Manar television station has confirmed the advance by the Iran-supported 'Party of God' alongside Syrian regime troops in Zabadani. Local sources also confirm that fighters from Jaish Al-Fateh, a coalition of militias backed by Turkey and Saudi Arabia and which includes the local Al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat Al-Nusra, are near Fouaa and Kafraya, two Shia enclaves in the northwestern Idlib region. Over the past month, regional powers supporting the different sides fighting in the three places had attempted to mediate in vain for an agreement to protect civilians in the towns.


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