On Saturday, ISIS launched a large-scale offensive on the sites of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Saraya Ahl al-Sham in the Juroud Arsal area in Lebanon. So far HTS and Saraya Ahl al-Sham have repelled the attack which expanded to the Fleeta area inside Syria.
However, the violent clashes are still ongoing in the areas of Shaimas al-Ajram, Khirbat Dawoud, Shahut, Surj al-Namura, Wadi Hameed, Al-Malahee, Khirbat Yunin in Juroud Arsal.
According to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria, 33 militants from both sides have been killed so far, including commanders.
HTS claimed that 30 ISIS militants had been killed, and also demanded the Lebanese government to evacuate eight of its fighters who were seriously wounded during the clashes.
On the other side, a terrorist, Bilal Ibrahim al-Baridi, blew himself up when Lebanese military intelligence tried to arrest him. Bilal al-Baridi is considered one of the planners of the terrorist attack that was foiled in Ras Ba’albak on May 24, 2017.
The Lebanese government is moving towards expeling terrorists from the Juroud Arsal area, especially after Hezbollah withdrew from its positions on the Lebanese-Syrian border. Some terrorists may be evacuated to their group’s positions in Syrian territory such as Idlib.