Lebanon News

Dozens of Daesh surrender to Hezbollah in Qalamoun

A still image taken on August 19, 2017 from a footage of Hezbollah military handout shows Hezbollah fighters walk at western Qalamoun, Syria. Hezbollah Military Handout via Reuters TV.

BEIRUT: Around 100 Daesh (ISIS) militants handed themselves over to Hezbollah Friday on the Syrian side of the Lebanese border.

Meanwhile, the party, along with the Syrian Arab Army, continued tightening the noose on Daesh positions on the Syrian side of Lebanon’s north east. Units advanced, capturing a strategic hilltop, Hezbollah’s War Media Center reported.

The party’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Thursday that Daesh now occupies only 40 square kilometers on the Syrian side of the western Qalamoun, adding that the party had managed to liberate 270 since the party’s ‘Aaidton w Aaodan’ operation was launched last Saturday.

“The most important crossings have been secured by the Syrian army and the resistance in western Qalamoun,” the WMC said via Twitter. It also shared a map reportedly showing gains made by Hezbollah and the Syrian Arab Army encircling Daesh’s positions.

Dozens of Daesh militants have already handed themselves over to Hezbollah, including civilians and family members of the gunmen. Nasrallah added that the group was actively preventing members and civilians from escaping so that they can be used as a human shield.

 

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