The Syrian army, backed by fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, has made outstanding gains in operations against foreign-backed militants in a region close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
On Wednesday, Syrian forces managed to take full control of the town of Deir al-Adass, located about 63 kilometers (39 miles) south of the capital, Damascus, and the surrounding hills, according to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The forces also seized the village of Deir Maker, as well as the nearby areas of Tal al-Arous and Tal al-Sarjeh.
Nearly two dozen militants were killed in the clashes there.
“The operations are being led by Hezbollah’s special forces,” said Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based observatory.
Meanwhile, fierce exchange of fire is underway in the town of Kafr Shams, located in Syria’s southern province of Dara’a and just east of the Golan Heights.
Syrian troops are advancing in the area lining Dara’a, Quneitra and Damascus provinces near the occupied Golan Heights.
Four years of conflict in Syria
The lives of many people have been upended by the crisis that has gripped Syria since March 2011. Reports say over 200,000 people have died in the turmoil. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives last year.
Over 7.2 million Syrians have also become internally displaced due to the ongoing crisis, according to the United Nations.
The Takfiri terrorist groups, with members from several Western countries, control parts of Syria – as well as Iraq – and have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.