Twelve more rebels have surrendered in a besieged Syrian border city, a source close Hezbollah told The Daily Star Tuesday, as the party and its Syrian army allies inched closer to victory after six weeks of fighting.
Two Hezbollah fighters were also killed since Monday in Zabadani, located just eight kilometers from Lebanon’s eastern border, the source added.
He said the allied forces were treading carefully in the town to avoid the many landmines and booby traps that rebels have planted.
The recent surrenders bring to at least 18 the number of militants who have handed themselves over since the weekend.
Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television reported that three rebels surrendered Saturday followed by three others Sunday.
Of the 12 militants who surrendered since Monday, five were non-Syrian, the source said.
Hezbollah expects to seize complete control of Zabadani very soon, the source added.
Hezbollah and the Syrian army have been fighting for control of the town since the beginning of July.