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Syrian Army advances on terrorist-held bastion near Israeli regime-Lebanon border

26 December 2017 12:11

 

The enclave of Beit Jinn is the last terrorist-held bastion in Western Ghouta – the Syrian Army and its allies began an operation to retake the area two months ago.

The Syrian Army has advanced towards the enclave of Beit Jinn near a strategic area at the Israeli-Lebanese border, Reuters reported citing terrorist sources.

The Syrian military has encircled the village of Mughr al Meer at the foothills of Mount Hermon as troops moved towards the bastion of Beit Jin amid intense clashes, in a major operation against terrorists.

Beit Jinn is the last rebel stronghold in Western Ghouta, southwest of Damascus, an area that has been under government control since last year.

The offensive was supported by airstrikes and heavy artillery shelling.

Israel has been worried about the growing Iranian influence in Syria after the defeat of Daesh.

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will not allow Iran to “entrench itself militarily in Syria.”

In recent weeks, Israel has carried out several airstrikes against what it said to be suspected Iranian targets in Syria.

Tehran has repeatedly denied reports of having a base in Syria as well as conducting military operations there, however, stressed its cooperation with Damascus in the fight against terrorist organizations, including Daesh, and acts as one of the guarantors of the ceasefire in the country jointly with Russia and Turkey.

Damascus has never recognized the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948, while the occupied region of the Golan Heights has been at the center of the conflict between Syria and israel.

Israel occupied the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War in 1967, with the international community refusing to recognize Israel’s annexation of the territory.

 

Source: Sputnik

 

 

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