Syrian al-Qaida Affiliate Says It Has Captured 3 Hezbollah Fighters

BEIRUT (AP) -
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A Hezbollah armored vehicle sits at the site where clashes erupted between Hezbollah and al-Qaida-linked fighters in Wadi al-Kheil in the Lebanon-Syria border on Saturday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

A Syrian affiliate of the al-Qaida terror group says it has captured three fighters of the Lebanese terror group group Hezbollah in the Arsal region along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

The two sides exchanged the bodies of dead fighters on Sunday in the first stage of an agreement to restore order to the contested frontier zone. The al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, formerly known as the Nusra Front, is expected to leave the border region in the coming stages, following two weeks of battles with Hezbollah and the Syrian army.

It is unclear how the new development will affect the agreement. The Fatah al-Sham Front was already holding five Hezbollah fighters prisoner.

The al-Qaida-linked Ibaa news agency published a photo of the three fighters on Sunday.

Hezbollah said Saturday that a group of its fighters had gone missing.