Hezbollah and the Syrian Arab Army’s 63rd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division have rejected a proposal from the Islamist rebel group “Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham” that would allow for their fighters to withdraw from the resort-city of Al-Zabadani to nearby Madaya, while their combatants in the Idlib Governorate would discontinue their assault on the towns of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya in order to allow the civilians a safe passage to the Syrian Government controlled areas.

The alleged proposal was negotiated through a Lebanese and Qatari intermediary that sought to correspond between the two opposing parties in order to reach some-sort of settlement in Al-Zabadani – Hezbollah and the Syrian Armed Forces were not interested in any such agreement with Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.

In addition to the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah’s rejection of the proposal, the civilians living in the towns of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya have issued a statement that also rejects any agreement with Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – they further added that they are full committed to protecting their city from all aggressors.

On Wednesday, the joint Hezbollah and SAA forces stormed the remaining Jabhat Al-Nusra stronghold inside Al-Zabadani, delivering a powerful blow to the enemy combatants entrenched to the north of the Al-Zabadani Mall.

Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies are confined to a small area inside Al-Zabadani, as the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah continue to advance around into the heart of the resort-city’s downtown area, leaving the remaining enemy combatants with little leverage to negotiate.

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