المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After advancing in tens of kilometers… the Lebanese Hezbollah and the regime forces continue to advance at the expense of the “Islamic State” organization in the barren Mountains of Qalamoun

Areas in the Western Qalamoun are witnessing continued fighting for the second straight day, between the regime forces supported by their loyal gunmen and the Lebanese Hezbollah against members of the “Islamic State” organization, after the first mentioned continued their attack on about 120 square kilometers under the control of the organization shortly before the start of the attack on Saturday the 20th of August 2017, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the regime forces were able to achieve advancement in more locations, hills and heights, which were controlled by the organization, including the Qarnat Madd Mahbas and Shuaibet  Al-Zwaytineh and other areas in the Western Qalamoun.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published the day before yesterday that the shelling continue between the regime forces and the Lebanese Hezbollah on one hand, and the members of the “Islamic State” organization on the other, on areas in the barren mountains of the Western Qalamoun, at the Syrian-Lebanese border, where the clashes started as a result of an attack by the regime forces and Hezbollah in the areas, in an attempt to end the presence of the “Islamic State” organization in the area, SOHR observed that Hezbollah and the regime forces managed to advance in large number of points, hills and positions which were under the control of the organization, regaining the control of tens of square kilometers out of about 120 square kilometers were controlled by the organization before the attack started, and the clashes were accompanied by intensive missile and artillery shelling by the regime forces on the clash areas, the clashes caused casualties and injuries in the ranks of the both parties, and the regime forces managed to regain some areas such as Al-Zamrani Crossing and heights in the barren mountains of Bureij, the barren mountains Al-Jarajir, the barren mountains of Qara, and the heights of Fikha and its Crossing.

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