Hezbollah says commander killed in Beirut, blames Israel

December 4, 2013 09:09

Lebanon's militant Shi'ite group Hezbollah said on Wednesday one of its commanders was killed outside his Beirut home overnight in an attack it blamed on Israel.

The group said in a statement that Hassan al-Laqqis was killed at around midnight in the southern Hadath district of the Lebanese capital. It gave no detail of the operation but said "the accusation is directed at the enemy, Israel."

Hezbollah described Laqqis as "one of the leaders of the Islamic resistance" against Israel and said the Jewish state had tried to kill him several times in the past.

Hezbollah, which fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006, has also sent fighters into neighbouring Syria to support President Bashar Assad's battle against mainly Sunni Muslim rebels trying to overthrow him.

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