Screengrab of a video from Hezbollah's War Media Center reportedly shows buses en-route to Arsal to collect Saraya Ahl al-Sham fighters and refugees for the journey to Syria, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (Screengrab)
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Hezbollah said Sunday that it would hand over positions seized on the northeastern outskirts of Arsal to the Lebanese Army as the last gunmen from a Free Syrian Army-linked militia in the area prepared to leave for Syria.The near weeklong offensive against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – previously known as the Nusra Front – concluded with a cease-fire deal that included fighters and civilians leaving Lebanon for Syria's Idlib.The Lebanese Army is being asked to deploy in the area and hence the front lines with Daesh (ISIS) from Arsal would be under the Army's control, he said.As for the battle against Daesh, Nasrallah said that the Syrian army and Hezbollah, who will be launching the offensive from the Syrian side, were waiting for the Army to make the first move.The WMC announced late Sunday that Hezbollah fighters targeted Daesh positions in Al-Hashishat on the Al-Jarajir outskirts on the Syrian side of the border, causing casualties.Daesh has been entrenched along the border between Lebanon and Syria since it was repelled from Arsal in August 2014 and after it briefly overran the town together with Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. Daesh still holds nine Army soldiers.
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