This picture released by Hezbollah media office on July 7, 2015, shows Hezbollah fighters in the Zabadani area. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Hezbollah and the Syrian army pushed deeper into the Qalamoun city of Zabadani Wednesday, tightening the noose on Syrian militants who are besieged in their last stronghold along Lebanon's border.Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched the offensive to retake the town around the start of the month, hoping to bolster their control of land routes between Lebanon and Syria.The source said over the weekend that Hezbollah's overall death toll stood at 12, while at least 16 Syrian army soldiers and 200 militants had been killed in the battle. Zabadani is located on the southern end of Qalamoun, about 50 kilometers northwest of Damascus and 12 kilometers northeast of Lebanon's Masnaa border crossing.
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