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Hezbollah chief’s nephew ‘killed in Syria’: reports

Hamzah Yassine hailed from the southern Lebanese town of Abbasieh

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Hezbollah Chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s nephew was killed in Syria during battles with rebel groups, Lebanese media reports said Saturday.

In a statement issued late Friday, Hezbollah said Hamzah Yassine, whom it described as hailing from the southern Lebanese town of Abbasieh, was killed while performing his “jihadist duty defending Holy sites.”

Hezbollah Nasrallah Yassin Nephew
Hezbollah Nasrallah Yassin Nephew

Yassine was identified by local media Saturday as the son of the Hezbollah leader’s sister.

Iran-backed Hezbollah has been fighting alongside Syrian regime forces against Syrian rebels seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.