Syrian army has retaken control of the last militant bastion near the strategic town of Qusayr, which borders Lebanon.
Government forces restored security in the village of Eastern Bweida on Saturday. On Friday, Syrian troops managed to retake control of several villages near Qusayr in Homs province. According to Syrian sources, the army pushed foreign-backed militants out of the central villages of Salhiyeh and Masoudiyeh, just north of Qusayr. Scores of militants are reported to have been killed in the clashes. The latest series of military successes come a day after government forces recaptured the nearby village of al-Daba’a and retook control of a border crossing in the Golan Heights. Syrian troops established control over the key city of al-Qusayr on Wednesday following weeks of heavy clashes with militants. Al-Qusayr, which lies 10km from the Lebanese border, was a major supply route for militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian Army is now in control of most of the towns and villages near the border with Lebanon. There have been reports of heavy clashes between government forces and militants in Aleppo, Lattakia, Idlib, Deir Ezzor and several Damascus suburbs. According to Syria's official news agency SANA, Saudi and Yemeni nationals were among those killed in Lattakia clashes. Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence. Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.