Islamist militants launched brazen attacks on Hezbollah and Syrian army positions in the western Qalamoun mountain range along Lebanon’s border at dawn Monday, leaving a number of fighters dead and wounded, security sources said.

One security source said that the Nusra Front and allied Islamist factions deployed thousands of fighters who fanned out in areas near the Lebanese border.

The fighters took up positions overlooking Hezbollah and Syrian army outposts in the towns of Wadi Barada, Al-Kfeir, Zabadani, Serghaya and Hreira.

The militants pounded the towns with rockets, surface-to-surface missiles and mortar shells, the source said, adding that the casualty toll was high, but could not provide a figure.

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