Seven Hezbollah fighters were killed in clashes between Syrian rebels and the Shi’ite terrorist group on the Lebanese border over the weekend, a monitoring group says.
“Seven members of Hezbollah were killed and 31 wounded” in the clashes which raged from Saturday until Sunday night, says Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
He tells AFP that the Syrian rebels lost nine fighters and that 23 of them were wounded in the battle, waged in an undemarcated area of the border between Qalamun in Syria and Lebanon’s Arsal.
Hezbollah initiated the showdown in a bid to rid the region of rebel fighters following a string of daily clashes, says Abdel Rahman.
“But they fell into an ambush by rebels … before Hezbollah reinforcements arrived and the fighting intensified.”