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Hezbollah on Monday confirmed the death of Wissam al Tawil, the deputy captain of a unit within Radwan’s forces who was in charge of the group’s special operations and whose main mission was to infiltrate Israeli territory.
According to Lebanese official media reports, the vehicle in which Al Tawer was traveling was attacked by an Israeli drone in the Kibot al-Sem area of the town of Bint Jubail in southern Lebanon.
The attack caused the car to veer off the road and burst into flames.
“this This is a very painful blow” a security source told Reuters.
After the attack, medical teams and emergency personnel rushed to the scene to put out the fire.
Hezbollah, a Lebanese Islamic political group with a powerful Iran-backed military wing, has been clashing with Israeli forces along the Lebanese-Israeli border since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7.
More than 130 Hezbollah fighters have been killed in Israeli attacks in southern Lebanon since the cross-border bombings began.
Hezbollah is also one of the largest political parties in Lebanon.
Its secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, warned in November Further escalation on Lebanese frontline ‘really possible’ in the face of Israeli attacks.
Wissam Tawil was the most senior Hezbollah officer killed in Lebanon since the war between Hamas and Israel began.
After an alleged Israeli attack in Beirut last week killed a senior Hamas official, Hezbollah’s leader again warned Israel not to start a conflict because he would “regret it.”
Hamas-led Gaza health authorities say some 23,000 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli military response since Hamas attacked Israel, killing 1,139 people.
Calculation errors are always a risk
Analysis by Hugo Bachega
BBC correspondent in Beirut
Hezbollah and Israeli troops exchange fire almost every day on the Lebanese-Israeli border. This heightened fears of a major conflict.
So far, the violence has been largely contained to border areas.
Hezbollah has adapted its operations to avoid an all-out war with Israel, which has warned its response would be devastating.
In response to an Israeli attack last week in the Hezbollah stronghold of Beirut that killed a senior Hamas official, leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Israeli authorities not to provoke conflict, saying they would regret it.
but No threat to escalate action.
Many here still remember the devastation caused by the month-long conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.
In Lebanon, which is currently experiencing a massive economic crisis, there is no public support for military confrontation.
However, misjudgment always carries risks.
In Israel, some senior figures have advocated a wider offensive against Hezbollah to reduce the threat posed by the group and allow the return of thousands of residents evacuated from northern Israel due to ongoing attacks.
“We will create a completely different reality (in the north) or we will end up in another war”Israeli Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzl Halevi said on Sunday.
what is hezbollah
Hezbollah – whose name means God’s party – is a Shia Islamist party and Iran-backed paramilitary group that wields enormous power in Lebanon.
The show has been directed by Hassan Nasrallah since 1992 and has become The most powerful military force in Arab countries.
The organization has also gradually gained influence in the Lebanese political system and has veto power in the cabinet.
The group is considered a threat to the country’s stability by some Lebanese but remains popular among the Lebanese Shia community it represents.
Hezbollah was officially founded in 1985 by publishing an “open letter” that identified the United States and the Soviet Union as the main enemies of Islam and the destruction of Israel as its main goal.
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