Rebels say 120 Hezbollah troops killed in key Syria battle

Pro-government fighters hold the Syrian flag as they pose for a photo in the village of al-Sahel, near Yabroud on March 4, 2014.

At least 120 Hezbollah fighters have died in clashes between Syrian rebels and government forces near a town north of Damascus in recent days, an opposition group claimed late Sunday.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, some 120 fighters from the Shiite terror group were killed around the town of Yabroud, where government forces have been battling to retake the area from rebels near the border with Lebanon.

Syrian state TV reported that government forces killed 15 rebel fighters and injured at least 70.

The death toll for Hezbollah would be one of the highest for the Lebanese group since it entered the war over a year ago to bolster the forces of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, reportedly at the insistence of Iran, a patron state for both Syria and Hezbollah.