We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

A view of Bekaa Valley Alamy Stock Photo

Hamas says commander killed in Israeli strike in Lebanon near Syrian border

Hamas’s armed wing said commander Sharhabil Sayed was killed “after he was targeted by Israeli occupation aircraft” in Lebanon’s West Bekaa area.

PALESTINIAN MILITANT GROUP Hamas has said that a commander has been killed in an Israeli strike on an eastern district of Lebanon near the Syrian border.

Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said in a statement that commander Sharhabil Sayed was killed “after he was targeted by Israeli occupation aircraft” in Lebanon’s West Bekaa area.

A source close to the Palestinian militant group, speaking on condition of anonymity, had earlier told AFP that Sayed was a Hamas official responsible for Lebanon’s Bekaa region and “was killed in an Israeli strike that targeted his vehicle”.

Lebanon’s civil defence agency reported “one martyr and two wounded due to an Israeli air strike” on a vehicle near Majdal Anjar, a town around 5km from the Syrian border and around 60km from Lebanon’s border with Israel.

Lebanon’s official National News Agency reported one dead and two wounded in an “enemy strike” that targeted a vehicle in the same area.

An AFP photographer saw a vehicle that had been destroyed in the raid.

The strike came after Israeli strikes earlier in the day killed a Hezbollah fighter and two children, according to the Lebanese militant group and official media.

After Hamas’s 7 October attack on Israel triggered the current conflict in Gaza, its powerful Lebanese ally Hezbollah has exchanged near-daily fire with Israeli forces across the border.

The attacks have been intensifying, with Israeli forces increasingly striking deep into Lebanese territory, while Palestinian factions and other allied groups in Lebanon have also claimed cross-border attacks.

Hezbollah earlier this week announced that its chief Hassan Nasrallah had met with senior Hamas member Khalil al-Hayya.

In March, Hamas said one of its members was killed in an Israeli strike in south Lebanon that state media said killed three people.

A strike in January, which a US defence official said was carried out by Israel, killed Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Aruri and six other militants in Hezbollah’s south Beirut stronghold.

The cross-border fighting has killed at least 419 people in Lebanon, mostly militants but also including 82 civilians, according to an AFP tally.

Israel says 14 soldiers and 11 civilians have been killed on its side of the border.

© – AFP 2024