Israel Kills Hezbollah Commander, Three Others in Airstrike on Southern Lebanon House

Several others reported wounded, dozen families left without homes in damage

At least four people were killed and an unspecified number of others wounded when Israel carried out an airstrike against an occupied house in Sultaniyeh, in southern Lebanon. Among those killed was a leader in Hezbollah’s Radwan Force.

The commander was identified as Ali Ahmad Hassin and Hezbollah said he was “carrying out his jihadist duties” at the time of his death. The Radwan Force is Hezbollah’s elite commando unit.

A second Hezbollah man was slain, identified as local figure  Abbas Jaafar, and a third Hezbollah figure remains unidentified. A fourth victim remains unidentified.

The airstrike targeted an occupied house in a residential community, badly damaging many surrounding homes. More than a dozen families were said to have lost their homes in the incident.

In addition to Sultaniyeh, Israeli reconnaissance aircraft were reported to target Ramia and Aita ash-Shaab with machine gun fire. No casualties have been reported as of now.

Israeli has been escalating attacks in recent weeks, with casualties nearly a daily occurrence and airstrikes almost always hitting and badly damaging residential areas. Some thousand homes are reported to have been damaged so far.

The UN issued a statement today warning about the continued escalation. It urges the two sides to step back and find a way to cease hostilities before the situation becomes more catastrophic.

The international community has been trying to broker a ceasefire, with hopes that Ramadan would be a chance for a deal to happen. With time running out on Ramadan, concern is that the escalation will get out of hand.

Author: Jason Ditz

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