Syrian Army in Al-Zabadani

Another day has past in the resort-city of Al-Zabadani, as the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from the Free Syrian Army’s “Al-Zabadani Hawks Brigade” and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham continue to lose ground to the joint forces of the Syrian Arab Army’s 63rd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division and Hezbollah.

On Monday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah overwhelmed a large contingent from Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham at the Al-Jamiyat Neighborhood, capturing this area after intense clashes that lasted for two hours.

Following their capture of the Al-Jamiyat Neighborhood, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah took control of the Al-Zabadani Mall and eight building blocks on the southern axis of the Hikmat District, forcing Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies to withdraw to the latter area.

Not long after they secured the Al-Zabadani Mall, the Syrian Armed Forces and the Lebanese Resistance advanced into the Hikmat District, where they confronted a joint force comprised of Jabhat Al-Nusra and Free Syrian Army fighter.

The two opposing parties would clash for five hours at the Hikmat District, until a unit from Hezbollah broke-through Jabhat Al-Nusra’s frontline defenses, forcing the aforementioned Islamist group to retreat to the city-center in order to fortify their remaining positions.

Hezbollah and the Syrian Armed Forces are days away from their final assault on the resort-city of Al-Zabadani; however, in the meantime, they have continued to pound the Islamist rebel forces with a multitude of mortar shells and rockets in order to weaken the latter’s defenses.

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