Hezbollah drone pounds militant positions in Syria’s Aleppo
The Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, has carried out drone strikes on foreign-backed terrorists in the northwestern Syrian province of Aleppo.
The War Media Center, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, tweeted on Tuesday that a “resistance-operated aircraft accurately struck several militant targets in the town of Khalsa,” located in Aleppo’s southern countryside.
The center further released a video showing the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) hitting three targets, including a pick-up truck, a command post and a gathering center for the militants.
The footage is taken by a camera attached to the drone operated by Hezbollah.
In one scene, two bombs, which do not appear to be guided, were dropped over a target directly below the UAV.
It was the first time that Hezbollah acknowledged that it was deploying drones in its fight against the militants in Syria.
Hezbollah had previously used drones to target positions held by the Jabhat Fath al-Sham terrorist group – formerly known as al-Nusra Front – in the Lebanese town of Arsal.
The militants briefly overran Arsal in August 2014, taking several Lebanese army and police forces hostage, some of whom were executed. In December last year, most of the captives were released as part of a prisoner swap deal.
Lebanon is suffering from the spillover of militancy in neighboring Syria. Terrorists have been active on the Lebanese areas situated close to the Syrian border.
Hezbollah fighters have been assisting Syrian army forces inside Syria and have also fended off several terrorist attacks inside Lebanon.
Tuesday’s drone strikes come at a time of intensified fighting between Syrian army soldiers and terrorists over the strategic city of Aleppo.
Aleppo has been divided since 2012 between government forces in the west and the militants in the east.
Since March 2011, Syria has been gripped by militancy it blames on some Western states and their regional allies.
The Takfiri terrorists operating in the Middle Eastern state have suffered major setbacks over the past few months as the Syrian army, backed by allied fighters, has managed to liberate a number of areas.