BEIRUT

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Syrian troops advance near Lebanon border

  • Syrians amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a Syrian government airstrike, in Binnish village, in Idlib province, northern Syria June 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network)

BEIRUT: Syrian state media says that government forces have captured areas near the border with Lebanon, cutting supply lines for opposition fighters.

Syrian troops are approaching the mountain resort of Zabadani, which has been under rebel control for two years.

State TV says that troops in the Qalamoun region reached the edge of the Lebanese border town Tfail. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported clashes in the area Friday.

Syrian forces, bolstered by fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, have systematically captured most of the rebel-held towns along the mountainous frontier since launching an offensive in the region in November.

Syria's conflict, now in its fourth year, has killed at least 160,000 people, according to activists.

 
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