SYRIAN government forces liberated several towns and villages south of Damascus today, advancing in a region leading to the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
The government counter-offensive is directed at areas seized by the opposition, especially the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, whose recent advances had brought them closer to the capital.
The government lost large parts of the Quneitra region, on the edge of the Golan, late last year.
State television reported today that troops had gained control of the town of Deir al-Adas and the village of Deir Maker, as well as nearby areas of Tal al-Arous and Tal al-Sarjeh.
Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based, anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that military operations are led by Hezbollah special forces.
“Their aim appears to be to eventually reach areas bordering the occupied Golan and set up a border zone under Hezbollah’s control,” he said.
Hezbollah denies seeking any military presence on Syria’s border with Israeli-occupied land.