This picture distributed by al-Manar channel on Friday, May 8, 2015, purportedly shows a rocket launcher used by Hezbollah during clashes with rebels in Qalamoun.
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Hezbollah and the Syrian army saw further gains in Syria's Qalamoun Mountains Friday, seizing three hilltops on the outskirts of the village of Al-Juba, a security source told The Daily Star.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said Hezbollah and the Syrian army renewed attacks on militant positions on the outskirts of Al-Juba, a day after ousting insurgents from several positions along the Lebanese border. The Army of Conquest's Qalamoun branch – a coalition of Islamist militants fighting in Qalamoun – Friday claimed on Twitter that Thursday's clashes in Assal al-Ward had killed over 60 Hezbollah fighters and wounded dozens of others.Social media affiliated with the Syrian opposition reported Friday that nine Hezbollah fighters were killed in an ambush set by the Army of Conquest's Qalamoun branch on the outskirts of Assal al-Ward, but the reports could not be immediately confirmed.Hezbollah and the Syrian Army have fought a series of engagements with Syrian rebels in Qalamoun since the beginning of the week. The Lebanese Army has reportedly reinforced its positions around the troubled border town.
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