The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has handed over a number of military posts to the army after the group managed to retake them from terrorists operating along the border with Syria.
Hezbollah said on the website of its television network al-Manar on Friday that the army took over the positions that had been under Hezbollah’s control in Baalbak region.
It said the four military posts were located west of Tufail, in Brital, in Ham, and in Maaraboun plains.
The announcement came a day after Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech that the mission of the resistance movement had been accomplished in Baalbak. Nasrallah said, however, that Hezbollah would maintain its positions on the other side of the border in Syria to prevent militants from infiltrating into Lebanon.
Hezbollah fighters intervened in the conflict in Syria after the war broke out in early 2011. The resistance movement said the intervention was necessary to prevent a spillover of the conflict in Syria, which is blamed on certain regional governments. Through Hezbollah’s assistance, Syria has managed to clear key areas in the south and north from militants. The battle continues especially in the east, where the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group holds positions.
Hezbollah has a history of assisting Lebanon’s military in the fight against enemies, especially during eight years of occupation of southern Lebanon by Israel that ended in May 2000. Hezbollah also entered a war with Israel in 2006 to inflict huge losses on the regime in Tel Aviv and to force it to accept a UN-brokered ceasefire after 34 days in mid-August that year.