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Following battles that raged earlier in May, Hezbollah and the Syrian Army have been able to regain up until this week 310 square kilometers out of 780 square kilometers of Lebanese and Syrian lands seized by militants in the Qalamoun hills area, which straddles the border between the neighboring countries.In Qalamoun, Hezbollah is fighting ISIS militants in the northern Qalamoun area but mainly the Nusra Front in all the other parts including Khirbet Younin from the Lebanese side of the hills.Hajj Nader highlights that the flow of militants into Arsal's outskirts significantly endangers the neighboring towns of Al-Qaa, Ras Baalbek, Fakiha and Al-Ain.The commander who did not give his name argues that with the Lebanese Army stationed on the western edge of the town, unable to access its center and outskirts, and refugee camps on the outskirts being used as a resting ground and replenishment base for jihadi militias, Hezbollah has every reason to believe that Arsal is being held hostage.
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