The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Saturday seized two checkpoints near a border village with Lebanon after ambushing forces loyal to Basher Assad and Hezbollah militias, leaving 15 soldiers dead, sources said.
The one-week clashes have taken place near al-Jousiya, neighboring Qusayr city, where six rebel units have united to retake border villages from Syrian army control.
The clashes come months after the famous Qusayr battle in June 2013, which ended in a bitter victory for Assad forces with direct assistance from Hezbollah militants.
Rebel sources said the Lebanese Army opened fire on FSA rebels with no casualties. A field commander said the FSA "did not retaliate due to concerns related to Syrian refugees in Arsal."
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer