The army units, backed up by artillery and missile units’ heavy fire, engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in Lebanon’s border heights with Syria and managed to impose control over the strategic hills of Abu Ali and al-Zalil al-Aqra’a in Ra’as Ba’albak heights.
The army also captured al-Najasah hill and al-Zanar hills near Wadi Shabib region between Arasl and Ra’as Ba’albak heights.
The ISIL has reportedly suffered heavy casualties in the operation.
Field sources reported earlier today that the Lebanese Army artillery units and Air Force pounded ISIL’s positions in the heights at border with Syria to pave the way for the ground forces to kick off an imminent operation against the terrorists in the region.
The Lebanese army has dispatched more forces and equipment to border heights of al-Qa’a and Ba’albak in the Northeastern parts of the country, the sources said.
The sources said that the army’s missile and artillery units along with fighter jets have been continuously targeting ISIL’s positions in the hills and positions of Khirbet Davoud, Ra’as al-Kaf, al-Washal, Jabal al-Mokheiramah, Shamis al-Ash and Darb al-Arab in Ra’as Ba’albak heights to pave the ground for the army’s upcoming operation in the border region.