BEIRUT - A senior military Hezbollah figure was buried in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley after he was killed, local sources said, near a Syrian border town where rebels are battling President Bashar Assad, an ally of the Shi'ite Muslim militant group.

Syrian rebels have frequently accused the Lebanese Hezbollah of supporting Assad's forces battling the 18-month-old uprising, saying Hezbollah fighters have been deployed mainly along the frontier inside Syria.

A statement on Hezbollah's website said "the martyr leader Ali Hussein Nassif (who) died while performing his jihad duties" was buried on Monday in Baalbek, the main town in the northern Bekaa Valley that is a stronghold of the Shi'ite militants.

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