Two Hezbollah members killed in Israeli strike on Syria

AFP , Sunday 25 Feb 2024

An Israeli strike on a truck in Syria near the Lebanese border killed two Hezbollah members at dawn on Sunday, a war monitor said.

File Photo - People gather as an ambulance arrives at the scene where an Israeli drone shot two guided missiles at a building in Kfar Rumman near south Lebanon s town of Nabatiyeh on February 22, 2024. AFP


"Israel struck a civilian truck with a missile near the Syrian-Lebanese border," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a report.

The strike led to "the death of at least two Hezbollah members", said the Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a network of sources in Syria.

Hezbollah later announced in separate statements that two of its fighters were "martyred on the road to Jerusalem", the phrase it uses to refer to members killed by Israeli fire.

A source close to Hezbollah confirmed that both were killed this morning in Syria.

Syrian state media did not report the strike.

The strikes have multiplied amidst the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza .

An Israeli strike on a Damascus residential neighbourhood on Wednesday killed three Iran-backed fighters, a Syrian and two foreigners, according to the Observatory.

On February 10, the Observatory reported an Israeli strike on a building west of Damascus that killed three people from pro-Iran militias.

Since the start of the war on Gaza on October 7, Hezbollah has announced the death of 16 members killed by Israeli strikes in Syria.

The Israeli military announced on February 3 that it had "attacked, from the ground and air, more than 50 such targets of Hezbollah spread throughout Syria".


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