File - Forces loyal to Bashar Assad are seen in the Qalamoun mountains north of Damascus. (REUTERS/SANA/HO)
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The Syrian army backed by Hezbollah regained control over the weekend of a key position in Qalamoun near the border with Lebanon in the fiercest bout of fighting since the Syrian military and its allies took over villages and towns in the area, security sources told The Daily Star.Four Hezbollah fighters and five Syrian army soldiers were killed in the clashes Saturday, while more than 30 jihadis were killed, the sources said. The sources said militants initially overran a strategic Hezbollah position in the Syrian village of Flita located 5 km away from the border with Lebanon, leading to violent clashes. However, Hezbollah soon regained the post. After clashes with rebels last year, the Syrian army backed by Hezbollah took Flita.The sources said both the Syrian army and Hezbollah were "ready and vigilant" in anticipation of new attacks.
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