The son of Hezbollah fighter Yahya al-Zarkali, who died fighting Syrian rebels, is carried on shoulders during the funeral procession of his father in Baalbek, Monday, July 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Further fighting broke out Monday night along the Lebanese-Syrian border following fierce battles which flared over the weekend between Syrian rebels and Hezbollah as the group seeks to root out the last opposition fighters from the region.At least seven Hezbollah fighters and over 30 Syrian rebels were killed in the clashes, which erupted Saturday night in the border area between Baalbek, Arsal and the Syrian village of Nahleh, sources told The Daily Star. In April, Syrian forces backed by allied fighters from Hezbollah retook control of most of the Qalamoun region. The source said Hezbollah succeeded in removing most of its dead and wounded during the clashes by creating a new road on the outskirts of Baalbek, which the group uses to facilitate movement of fighters over the border and back while remaining hidden from Lebanese Army soldiers stationed on the outskirts of Baalbek.
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