Syrian forces and Lebanese ally Hezbollah advance on rebel positions in the Syrian city of Zabadani near the Lebanese border. Natasha Howitt reports.
The Syrian army, backed by Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah, has advanced deeper into the rebel-held city of Zabadani. The advance comes two weeks into a campaign to capture it from insurgents, a move considered crucial to consolidate government-held areas linking Lebanon and Syria. Although the city was mostly deserted, rebels said some 500 families were still inside. In this video uploaded to a social media website, a man is asked by the cameraman if anything is behind the rubble they are clearing. He replies, "Yes, a boy, woman and a girl." Capturing the city would be a strategic gain for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose army is battling groups on several other fronts. It would also secure a corridor for Hezbollah to transport fighters and arms across the border.