This combination of photos released on March 14, 2014, allegedly show members from Hezbollah fighting against rebels in Yabroud, Syria. (The Daily Star/Resistance News Network, HO)
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Syrian forces backed by fighters from Hezbollah entered the rebel bastion of Yabroud near the Lebanese border Friday, Syrian army and Hezbollah sources said, triggering fierce street-to-street fighting.It denied that rebels were retreating, insisting reinforcements were on the way.An activist in the region confirmed to AFP the army and Hezbollah had taken a position at Aqaba some 5 kilometers from Yabroud. The battle for the town is vital for Hezbollah, which first admitted its fighters were fighting alongside Assad's forces in spring 2013 . On another front in the complex struggle pitting regime loyalists against mainstream rebels and rebels against jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, ISIS Friday withdrew from Idlib province in the northwest and Latakia in the west, the Observatory said.The conflict between mainstream insurgents and jihadists has killed 4,000 people since January, says the Observatory, which estimates a total death toll of more than 146,000 in three years of fighting in Syria.In a separate incident, the Syrian army killed 20 militants in an ambush in Tal Kalakh, a village 40 km west of Homs, a military source told Reuters.
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