Hezbollah on Saturday rejected claims that its members have been captured by the terrorist groups in the strategic town of Khan Touman in Southern Aleppo.
“The report by armed groups on the capture of a number of Hezbollah members is not truthful,” al-Ahd news channel quoted Hezbollah’s information center as saying in a statement.
The terrorist groups claimed earlier that they held captive 5 Hezbollah fighters along with two Afghan nationals during their advance in Khan Touman.
Terrorists had also claimed capturing Khan Touman in Aleppo province but the Syrian army dismissed the claim, adding that clashes still continue in the strategic town.
The Syrian Army alongside the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah fighters regained full control over the town of Khan Touman in December. Ever since then the city has fallen back to the terrorists twice, with the second time being this weekend.
Following an unsuccessful truce that was repeatedly violated by the terrorist groups, the Al-Nusra Front – the Syria arm of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group – could relocate some 20,000 terrorists to Northern Aleppo via Turkey’s soil to launch a large-scale attack on pro-government positions in several key cities in Aleppo province, including Khan Touman in the Southwest.
The Al-Nusra and units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) claim to have taken back Khan Touman, but government forces say they are still in charge of key centers and blocks in the town.
In a recent development on Friday, the Syrian army troops and popular forces fended off Jeish al-Fatah’s attacks on the government forces’ positions near Khan Touman, and forced them to retreat from the battlefield under their heavy fire.
The Turkish-backed Jeish al-Fatah stormed the pro-government forces’ strongholds near Khan Touman village 15 km to the South of Aleppo, but the strong defense of the Syrian army and popular forces did not allow the terrorists to break through the army’s positions.
The offensive came hours after Russia and the United States brokered a 48-hour ceasefire in Aleppo and its outskirts, which was officially approved by the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces.
Reports said on Wednesday that at least 146 civilians were killed and over 1,103 others wounded in terrorist groups’ brutal shelling of residential areas, hospitals and shopping centers across the Northern city of Aleppo in the last 10 days, FNA reported.