Hezbollah TV: Reported IAF strike in Syria could prompt 'costly' surge in Mideast tensions
By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
January 18, 2015 21:48
Hezbollah-run television in Lebanon indicated on Sunday night that a reported Israeli strike on members of the Shi'ite terror group fighting in the Syrian Golan Heights could prompt a "costly" surge in tensions in the region.
Following reports of an IAF helicopter strike targeting a convoy of Hezbollah operatives, the al-Manar news channel said the attack suggested "the enemy has gone crazy because of Hezbollah's growing capabilities and it could lead to a costly adventure that will put the Middle East at stake."
According to Lebanese sources close to Hezbollah, the strike hit Jihad Mughniyeh - the son of the group's late military leader Imad Mughniyeh - and other Hezbollah members including commander Abu Issa, in the Syrian province of Quneitra, killing five Hezbollah members in all.
Al-Manar did not mention Mughniyeh or the commander but confirmed that a number of fighters were killed when they were checking an area in Quneitra when there convoy came under Israeli missile attack. It said Hezbollah would announce the names of the dead later.
UN peacekeepers intensified their patrols on the border between Lebanon and Israel on Sunday night, local sources said.