The Syrian army forces along with the fighters belonging to the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah have cleared areas in southwestern Syria of Takfiri militants.
The Syria military together with Hezbollah fighters flushed out militants belonging to the so-called al-Nusra Front from two strategic hills on the eastern slopes of al-Zabadani after fierce clashes with the foreign-backed militants.
At least seven militants were killed in the clashes in Tal Al-Saroukha (Rocket Hill) and Tal Al-Hawa (Windy Hill) hills.
A Syrian soldier was reportedly killed and another one sustained injuries in the clashes as well.
According to a recent report by the UN, over 220,000 people, including thousands of children, have been killed due to the ongoing crisis in Syria. Nearly 4 million Syrians have left their country since the beginning of the crisis, and 7.6 million civilians have been internally displaced.
Human rights groups and humanitarian relief agencies from around the world have unanimously criticized the global policymakers, the United Nations Security Council in particular, for failing to take decisive and unified action to resolve the ongoing and massive humanitarian crisis in Syria.