.
.
.
.

Family denies death of Hezbollah fighter in Syria

The family of the Hezbollah commander Samir Kuntar has denied that he was killed in an Israeli attack

Published: Updated:

The family of Hezbollah's commander of operations in the Golan Heights has denied that he was killed during an Israeli attack inside Syria.

The family of Samir Kuntar said, via Twitter, that the reports “which were spread via some social accounts and some Israeli sites were false.”

On Wednesday, Lebanese Al-Manar TV station said two Hezbollah fighters were killed in an Israeli drone strike near the Syrian town of Hadar.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three other men were also wounded in the strike.

"An Israeli plane hit a car inside the town of Hadar, killing two men from (Lebanese Shiite group) Hezbollah, and three men from the pro-regime popular committees in the town," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Agence France-Presse.

Hadar is a Druze village that lies along the ceasefire line, with the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights plateau to the west, and the border with Damascus province to the northeast.

Asked about the reported strike, an Israeli military spokeswoman in Jerusalem declined comment to Reuters.

Recent insurgent advances near Druze areas in southern Syria have triggered concern among the Druze community in Israel.

In January, Israel carried out a helicopter attack in Quneitra province that killed a top Iranian Revolutionary Guard general and several Hezbollah members, including the son of the group's late military commander, Jihad Mughniyeh.

(With AFP)