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Hezbollah claims to have killed 46 Sunni militants near Lebanon-Syria border

Beirut: Lebanon's Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah on Sunday claimed it had killed 46 Sunni radicals during its offensive to liberate the northeastern region of Arsal, next to the Syrian border.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Hezbollah launched an offensive on Friday in Arsal — a region located 120 kilometres to the northeast of Beirut — with the support of forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Efe news agency reported.

The Shia group has captured Wadi Uwaini, which was a key bastion of Al Qaeda's former affiliate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham ("Front for the Conquest of the Levant"), and the top of Jabal Shaabat al-Qalaa mountain, in eastern Arsal.

On the other hand, Hezbollah said pro-Syrian government forces killed 23 extremists in the Qalamoun Mountains, on the Syrian side of the border.

Published Date: Jul 23, 2017 18:23 PM | Updated Date: Jul 23, 2017 18:23 PM

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