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Senior Hezbollah commander killed by Israeli airstrike in Beirut

This photograph taken on January 8, 2024 shows a banner depicting Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah hanging on the building, which was hit by a drone attack, killing Hamas number two in a southern Beirut stronghold of Hamas ally Hezbollah on January 2, 2024. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP) (Photo by ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images) LEBANON-PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL-CONFLICT

The security sources identified him as Wissam al-Tawil, the deputy head of a unit within the Radwan force.

They said he and another Hezbollah terrorist were killed when their car was hit in a strike on the Lebanese village of Majdal Selm.

“This is a very painful strike,” one of the security sources said. Another said, “things will flare up now.”

Israeli bombardment has killed more than 130 Hezbollah terrorists in southern Lebanon since cross-border shelling began in the aftermath of Hamas’s attack on Israeli territory on Oct. 7.

Another 19 have been killed in Syria.

Hezbollah’s secretary-general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel in two televised addresses last week not to launch a full-scale war on Lebanon.

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“Whoever thinks of war with us — in one word, he will regret it,” Nasrallah said.

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