Beirut (IINA) � Lebanese soldiers renewed fire on Daesh positions on the country's eastern border with Syria on Sunday after capturing a third of the territory held by the terrorist group in the area, AFP reported.
Lebanon's army began its operation in the Jurud Ras Baalbek and Jurud al-Qaa region early on Saturday, and in the first day captured around 30 square kilometers (11 miles square) of territory, a military spokesman said.
"That is around a third of the area controlled by the terrorists," Brigadier General Nazih Jreij said late Saturday, adding that 20 Daesh militants had been killed in the clashes, and 10 Lebanese soldiers wounded.
Lebanon's battle against Daesh comes as the terrorist group faces assaults in both neighboring Syria and Iraq, where the government early Sunday announced an offensive on the group's bastion of Tal Afar.
The attack also comes after Daesh claimed several international attacks, including twin car ramming incidents in Spain that killed 14 people. Lebanese soldiers raised the Spanish flag on a hilltop captured from Daesh on Saturday in a tribute to the victims of those attacks.
Lebanon's military estimated around 600 IS fighters were present in the Jurud Ras Baalbek and Jurud al-Qaa areas, controlling around 120 square kilometers of territory before Saturday's advances.
Source: International Islamic News Agency