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Hezbollah gained more ground on the northeastern Lebanese border with Syria over the weekend, as part of its offensive launched Friday against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham positions on the Arsal outskirts.Arsal was briefly overrun by extremists in August 2014, when Daesh (ISIS) and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – formerly known as the Nusra Front – captured a number of Lebanese soldiers and policemen.Saturday, Hezbollah said its fighters seized most of the area controlled by the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. By Sunday evening, Hezbollah said it had taken control of about 70 percent of territory previously held Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, in addition to the entire adjacent Flita outskirts within Syria.UNHCR field teams Sunday said they recorded the movement of 8 Lebanese families, 20 individuals and 94 Syrian refugee families – 247 individuals in total, from the outskirts into Arsal.
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