Hezbollah fighters have killed scores of Takfiri militants after the gunmen crossed from crisis-hit Syria into eastern Lebanon and attacked the Lebanese resistance movement’s posts.
A Hezbollah source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the movement’s posts in the mountains around Nabi Sbat, situated east of the town of Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley, were attacked by armed groups who came from Syria’s mountainous Qalamoun region along the border with neighboring Lebanon.
Most of the militants killed during Sunday clashes were from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. Two Hezbollah fighters were also killed in the process.
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The development comes a day after Lebanese army forces drove back a group of militants who were attempting to enter the country from the Syrian border.
The gunmen tried to enter the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, situated 124 kilometers (77 miles) northeast of the capital, Beirut, on Saturday, but were repelled by Lebanese soldiers and forced to flee back into Syria.
Al-Nusra Front and the ISIL militants overran Arsal in August, killing and capturing scores of soldiers and police officers. They later executed three of the hostages.
Over the past months, Lebanon has been suffering from terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda-linked militants as well as random rocket attacks, which are viewed as a spillover of the conflict in Syria.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently controlling parts of it, mostly in the east and north.
Lebanese soldier injured by Israeli gunfire on border
A Lebanese soldier has been shot and wounded by fire from the Israeli side of the border near Lebanon’s southern village of Kfar Chouba in the Nabatieh Governorate.
According to a statement released by the Lebanese army, the soldier was injured when an Israeli patrol opened fire on a Lebanese army post in Jabal Sadanneh, west of the disputed Shebaa Farms, at 13:20 p.m. local time (1020 GMT) on Sunday.
The soldier, identified as Zakaria Hamza al-Masri by a security source, was shot in the hand as he was patrolling near the village of Kfar Chouba, situated about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the border with Israel. The wounded trooper was rushed to a hospital following the incident.
The Lebanese army is now coordinating with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to investigate the shooting, and has adopted defensive measures.
The Shebaa Farms area is located at the junction of Lebanon, Syria and Israel and is often the site of cross-border clashes.
Israeli troops routinely violate the internationally recognized Blue Line, which is the ceasefire line drawn up by the UN in 2000 after Israeli troops withdrew from southern Lebanon ending a 22-year occupation.
Israel and Lebanon have been in a state of war for six decades, and do not have diplomatic relations with one another.
Article Source: Falastin News