Syrian army tightens siege of rebels in border city of Zabadani – state TV

Syrian army tightens siege of rebels in border city of Zabadani - state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army closed in on Sunni Muslim jihadist rebels inside Zabadani in a major military offensive launched on Saturday to recapture the city near the border with Lebanon, state television said.

A Syrian army source was quoted as saying its forces were "making headway on several fronts" & tightening a siege of the city & had inflicted heavy casualties on rebels defending it.

Iranian backed Lebanese Hezbollah TV station earlier said the Syrian army & its fighters had begun a major aerial bombing campaign with heavy artillery shelling of rebel outposts. It showed footage of plumes of smoke hanging over the city.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

Source: “Reuters”