Israel raid' kills senior Hezbollah fighters

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'Israel raid' kills senior Hezbollah fighters

Lebanese group says air strike in Syria has left commander Mohamad Issa and the son of a slain Hezbollah leader dead.

Last updated: 18 Jan 2015 19:26




The son of a slain Hezbollah military leader and a Hezbollah commander have been killed in an Israeli air attack in the Syrian province of Quneitra, according to the Lebanese Shia group.

An Israeli helicopter fired missiles on Sunday at Jihad Mughniyeh's car in Quneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a Hezbollah statement said.

Mughniyeh, 20, was the son of Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in the Syrian capital Damascus in 2008 in a suspected Israeli attack.

"Mohamad Issa, the chief of Hezbollah operations in Syria, who died in the air strike is also a big name, making this a major strike on Hezbollah. The group says there will be retaliation to the attack," said Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston, reporting from the Lebanese capital Beirut.

"This is the seventh time Israel attacked targets close to its borders since the war in Syria started," Al Jazeera's Nisreen el-Shamayleh, who is in the Jordanian capital Amman, said.


Jihad Mughniyeh was 20 years old [Al Jazeera]
Israeli Channel 10 television said an official Israeli source had confirmed that Israel had mounted an attack inside Syria, on Sunday.

Israel's Ynet news website also quoted a military source as saying the attack had targeted "terrorists who intended to attack Israel".

Imad Mughniyeh was on the most wanted list of the US for attacks on Israeli and Western targets until his death.

The Hezbollah statement confirmed that a total of six members, including Jihad Mughniyeh, were killed in the attack.

He was killed with five other members of Hezbollah when his convoy was hit, the sources said.

"A group of Hezbollah mujahideen were martyred in a Zionist rocket attack in Quneitra, and their names will be revealed later," said a message on Hezbollah's Al-Manar news channel.

They were killed during a field reconnaissance mission in Mazraat Amal, a village in Quneitra, the message said.

The strike comes three days after Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said he considered frequent Israeli strikes in Syria as a major aggression, and that Syria and its allies had the right to respond.

Hezbollah, a political group with a powerful military wing, is fighting alongside forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against Sunni armed groups trying to overthrow his regime.

In the summer of 2006, Hezbollah fought a month-long war with Israel.

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