Screen grab from Al-Manar TV footage showing a fighter from the Hezbollah-Syrian army joint force engaging in a battle against Syrian rebels in a neighborhood in Zabadani.
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Fierce shelling targeted rebel positions in two areas near the besieged city of Zabadani Tuesday, in an apparent attempt by the Syrian regime to force insurgents into a deal to ease the pressure on two villages under attack in Idlib. The Syrian army targeted Madaya and Bukain, south of Zabadani. Eleven rebels in Zabadani surrendered to Hezbollah and the Syrian army in the last 24 hours, while four were killed in heavy clashes, according to a security source. Twenty rebels, including a local commander for Ahrar al-Sham, were killed in the renewed fighting Sunday, which saw Hezbollah and the Syrian army take control of Zabadani's western neighborhoods, as well as Zahran to the northwest, after engaging rebels in street combat.
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