The Syrian Army and Lebanese Hezbollah forces advanced further into al-Zabadani after they secured a collection of villas en route to the Mahata Roundabout near the city-center, local sources said.
The sources said that the Syrian Army’s 63rd Brigade of the prestigious 4th Mechanized Division, the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) are on the verge of capturing the imperative resort-city of al-Zabadani after almost 45 days of fierce firefights with Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and Al-Nusra Front.
On Saturday morning, the battle for Al-Zabadani appeared all but over, as the news spread amongst Hezbollah and Syrian army social media activists detailed the complete capture of this resort-city located near the Syrian-Lebanese border crossing.
However, the news of al-Zabadani’s capture by the joint forces of Hezbollah and the Syrian army was prematurely reported, as the latter units were engaged in a violent firefight with Ahrar Al-Sham and al-Nusra Front’s combatants near the Uthman Neighborhood inside the city’s Western sector.
Meantime, the Syrian Air Force pounded away at Ahrar al-Sham and al-Nusra front fighters entrenched inside Al-Zabadani’s city-center.