A convoy enters the village of Labweh in the Baalbeck-Hermel governorate, returning the bodies of Hezbollah fighters killed in the Arsal battles. AFP / STRINGER
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Thousands of Syrian refugees are set to return to Syria Monday, in the second phase of the cease-fire agreement between Hezbollah and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militants reached last week.The Hezbollah-affiliated War Media Center said the refugees, among them Jabhat Fatah al-Sham fighters and their family members, will start leaving for Syria Monday morning, effectively emptying the encampments in Wadi Hmayyed. Sunday, the bodies of nine Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militants were exchanged for those of five Hezbollah fighters who had died in the battles on the outskirts of Arsal over the past two years, the WMC reported.Hezbollah's offensive against the militants lasted a single week and saw the group make sweeping gains against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham positions in the rugged, mountainous Lebanese-Syrian border area.The delay is to allow the completion of the Hezbollah-Jabhat Fatah al-Sham deal and the safe transfer of civilians and fighters from the outskirts of Arsal to Syria.However, the Army remains on high alert, ready to begin the offensive at a moment's notice.Hezbollah announced in 2013 that its fighters were engaged on the Syrian battlefield, fighting alongside Syrian regime forces.
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