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Wednesday , 17 July 2019
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Hezbollah agree ceasefire

Fighting between Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and a former al-Qaeda affiliate on the Syria-Lebanon border halted on Thursday after a ceasefire was reached, Lebanese media and Hezbollah outlets reported.

The truce in the mountainous Juroud Arsal area between the Iran-backed Shia group and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, previously known as al-Nusra Front, was struck after a week of fighting.

Hezbollah said the ceasefire came into force at 6am (03:00 GMT) and halted fighting on all fronts.

The development comes a day after the leader of the Hezbollah group said that the group was close to defeating Jabhat Fateh al-Sham in the battle along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

“We are in the face of a very big military victory,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Wednesday.

As soon as fighting ends, Hezbollah would be ready to hand over territory it has captured if the Lebanese army requests it, Nasrallah said.

Al-Nusra Front, formerly al-Qaeda’s Syria branch, severed ties with the latter and rebranded itself as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham last year.

Hezbollah has made rapid advances since it launched an offensive with the Syrian army on Friday to drive Jabhat Fateh al-Sham from their last foothold along the frontier.

As per the reports, Hezbollah captured the area in question in a quick offensive over a matter of days.

The next phase of the operation is expected to target a nearby enclave in the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

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