Assads styrker har gjeninntatt den kristne byen Maaloula. Gjenerorbringen er nok et tegn på at regjeringshæren er på fremmarsj.


Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters have driven rebels from the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, state media and activists say.

Army units had «restored security and stability» after eliminating a number of «terrorists», a military source told the state-run Sana news agency.

The nearby village of Sarkha had also been retaken, the source added.

Islamist rebels, some of them from the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, took over part of Maaloula in December.

Twelve nuns from the monastery of Deir Mar Takla were taken hostage during the initial fighting.

They were only released last month as part of a prisoner exchange deal brokered by Lebanon and Qatar as the Syrian army prepared to recapture the nearby town of Yabroud, where they were being held.