DAMASCUS, Mar. 29 (Press Shia Agency) – The Syrian Armed Forces along with the fighters of the Hezbollah movement have repelled several attacks of Jabhat Fatah al Sham, a terrorist group formerly known as the Nusra Front near the country’s border with Lebanon, a source close to Hezbollah told Sputnik on Wednesday.

“The fighters of [Hezbollah] resistance along with the Syrian army have repelled the attempts of the Nusra Front to attack positions [of the Syrian army] in Flit in the western Qalamun [area near Lebanon],” the source said.

A number of terrorists, including one of their commanders, were killed during the clashes, and the rest fled the area, the source added.

Syrian troops cleared the Qalamun area from terrorists several years ago, however, the militants continue to attack the army’s positions in the region in order to establish control over the part of the Syrian-Lebanese border to smuggle in weapons and recruits to Syria from the territory of the neighboring state.

Hezbollah has been fighting along with the Syrian army against terrorists since the beginning of the civil war. The Lebanese-based group has repeatedly stated that protection of the Syrian-Lebanese borders is among the reasons of their assistance to Damascus.

SPUTNIK/Press Shia Agency