Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah speaks on Al-Manar TV. (File/The Daily Star/TV grab)
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Hezbollah remains at the "heart of the battle" for Syria's border Qalamoun region, party chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Saturday, revealing that 13 Hezbollah fighters have been killed since the offensive began nearly two weeks ago.Jihadi militants have also been ousted from several strategic locations, allowing Hezbollah and its allies to link Lebanon's eastern towns to adjacent Syrian villages, Nasrallah said in a televised speech.The fighting began on March 4 when Nusra Front militants launched surprise attacks on Hezbollah and Syrian army posts along the rugged Qalamoun region, which straddles Lebanon's eastern border.Nasrallah said Hezbollah has lost 13 fighters since the beginning of the offensive, while the Syrian Army and Syrian popular mobilization units lost a combined seven.Nasrallah also dismissed rumors that Hezbollah was trying to get the Lebanese Army involved in the Qalamoun battle.
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