The battle for Al-Zabadani has stretched for almost two months now, as the Syrian Arab Army’s 63rd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division and Hezbollah units continue to inch their way to the nearly untouched Mahata Roundabout – an area under the control of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and their allies from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and the Free Syrian Army’s “Liwaa Suqour Al-Zabadani.”
On Monday morning, the joint forces of the SAA’s 63rd Brigade and Hezbollah attempted to expedite the conclusion of this intense battle for Al-Zabadani by storming the defensive positions of the Islamist rebel units of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra at the Al-Zabadani Bridge and the Sharif Al-Idrissi School on Al-Ra’eesi Street near the city-center.
Not long after they launched this powerful attack, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance imposed full-control over the Al-Zabadani Bridge and the Sharif Al-Idrissi School, following a series of intense firefights with Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance captured a significant amount of territory from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra on Monday, killing 19 enemy combatants and destroying 4 armored vehicles that were mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns in the process.
In addition to the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance’s success at Al-Zabadani, a total of 8 enemy combatants surrendered to the Syrian Arab Army before nightfall on Monday; that equates to 16 surrendered fighters in 24 hours.