The Syrian Arab Army’s 63rd Brigade of the prestigious 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – continued their full-scale siege of Al-Zabadani on Thursday, capturing more territory from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” inside this resort-city in western Syria.

On Thursday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah began their assault inside the Uthman Neighborhood near Al-Zabadani’s city-center, killing 13 enemy combatants from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army’s “Al-Zabadani Hawks Brigade” before they were able to seize the entire area from the aforementioned rebel units.

Following their capture of the Uthman Neighborhood, the Syrian Armed Forces and the Lebanese Resistance advanced to the Rawada Al-Bara’am Neighborhood, where they experienced similar success as the previous assault, killing 9 enemy combatants from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army before they would impose full control over this area near Al-Zabadani’s city-center.

In addition to their success near Al-Zabadani’s center-center, Hezbollah and the Syrian Armed Forces captured the Haql Al-Jouz Zone near the Al-Bayt Mosque after intense firefights with Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham combatants on Thursday afternoon.

As of Thursday night, Hezbollah and the Syrian Armed Forces have approximately 1 square kilometer of territory left to go before the strategic city of Al-Zabadani is under their control.

For the Islamist rebel forces inside Al-Zabadani, the Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) offensive to break into the city was their last hope of survival; instead, the Syrian Arab Army repelled the Jaysh Al-Islam assault near Wadi Al-Barada.

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