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Israel kills 'Hezbollah field commander' in Lebanon

April 8, 2024 at 10:49 am

Smoke billows after an Israeli strike on the southern Lebanese border 06 on April , 2024 [KAWNAT HAJU/AFP via Getty Images]

An Israeli strike on southern Lebanon early this morning killed a Hezbollah field commander, as the United Nations warned that shelling was spreading and urged a halt to the violence, Reuters reports.

Hezbollah and the Israeli military have been exchanging fire across Lebanon’s southern frontier in parallel with the occupation state’s war on Gaza, adding to fears of a wider regional conflict.

Early today, Israeli fighter jets hit the village of Al-Sultaniyah and killed a field commander in Hezbollah’s elite Radwan units and two other people, the Israeli military and two Lebanese security sources said.

The Israeli military identified the commander as Ali Ahmed Hassin, and said he was responsible for planning and executing attacks against Israelis. Hezbollah issued a funeral notice for Hassin but without details of his role.

Israeli strikes have killed around 270 Hezbollah fighters in the last six months as well as around 50 civilians, including children, medics and journalists. Hezbollah’s rocket fire has killed around a dozen Israeli soldiers and half as many civilians.

The shelling has displaced tens of thousands on each side and hit the farming economy in southern Lebanon particularly hard, with bombed-out fields left unplanted or unharvested.

In a joint statement today, United Nations’ Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka and the commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, Aroldo Lazaro, said the violence must stop.

“The unrelenting cycle of strikes and counterstrikes in breach of the cessation of hostilities constitute the most serious violation of Security Council Resolution 1701 since its adoption in 2006,” they said.

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