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Israel says military killed Hezbollah commander

The Israeli military has said an airstrike in Lebanon killed a Hezbollah rocket unit commander.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Friday it had killed Ali Abed Akhsan Naim, deputy commander of Hezbollah’s rocket and missiles unit, in an airstrike in the area of Bazouriye in Lebanon.

The IDF said he was one of the Iranian-backed militia’s leaders and was responsible for conducting and planning attacks against Israeli civilians.

Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reported that “a raid by an enemy drone targeted a car” in Bazuriyeh killed at least one person.

Israel strikes Iran-backed forces

Hezbollah is an Iran-backed Shiite political party and militant group in Lebanon. It is considered a terrorist organization by the US, Germany and several Sunni Arab countries, while the EU lists its armed wing as a terrorist group.

Since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, there have been near-daily clashes along the border between Israel and Lebanon. 

Around a dozen Israeli troops and half a dozen civilians have lost their lives in northern Israel, while nearly 270 Hezbollah fighters and 50 civilians, including medics, civilians, and journalists, have been killed in Israeli strikes in southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah has said it would stop firing into Israel if a cease-fire was reached in Gaza.

Israel also carried out its deadliest strikes in months on Iranian proxies in northern Syria’s Aleppo province early on Friday.

Three Hezbollah fighters were confirmed to be among the dead in Syria, war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. 

Source: Dw

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