Lebanon's Al Manar television said the attack was near the
town of Otaiba and that the death toll may have been higher than
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group
opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, said at least 70 fighters
had been killed but the number could be much higher.
The Britain-based Observatory, which has a network of sources
across Syria, said fighters from the Shi'ite group Hezbollah
carried out the ambush in cooperation with Syrian government
"Hezbollah was the main group that implemented the ambush," Rami
Abdulrahman, head of the Observatory, told Reuters.
Hezbollah has sent fighters to support the Syrian leader, whose
Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam. Sunni militants
from Lebanon, Iraq and other countries have also entered Syria
to fight on behalf of the largely Sunni rebellion.
(Reporting By Stephen Kalin and Dominic Evans; Editing by Ruth
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