Dead, Wounded Rebels Arrive in Arsal after Syrian Army Ambush in Damascus Provinceإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
A number of bodies and several wounded fighters arrived Friday in the Bekaa border town of Arsal after falling into a Syrian army ambush in Damascus' countryside.
“Around 150 dead and wounded gunmen arrived in Arsal after falling into a Syrian army ambush between al-Qastal and Maalula in Damascus' countryside,” Syrian state television reported.
Meanwhile, Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said “the Red Cross transported two people who were wounded in Syria to the Farhat Hospital in the Bekaa while a dead Syrian man was buried in Arsal."
Earlier on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of rebels were killed in clashes that followed an ambush set up for them by regime forces in an area between al-Mrah and al-Qastal near the historic Christian town of Maalula.
The Britain-based Observatory also said that 20 people were wounded in the clashes.
State television said troops surprised fighters of the Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front Friday at dawn near Maalula, which the group along with other rebels captured in late November for the second time this year. Maalula had previously been firmly in the government's grip despite being surrounded by rebel-held territory.
Maalula is on the edge of the rugged Qalamoun region, about 60 kilometers northeast of the capital, where the government has been on the offensive for weeks.