Mustafa Badreddine, Lebanese Hezbollah commander, was killed in Syria. The military group reported it in a statement. The note explains that Badreddine was in Syria to fight against extremist groups, but does not provide any further details. The closest TV station to the Lebanese Hezbollah, Al-Mayadeen TV, stated that he was killed by an Israeli air strike. Badreddine had been the head of the Hezbollah since 2008, stepping in after the death of his predecessor, Imad Mughniyeh, in a bombing in Damascus.
For the meantime, Israel declines to comment on the news about Badreddine’s death. “No comment,” said a military spokesperson, mentioned by the media. The latter also said that, based on various indications, there does not seem to be a connection Badreddine’s death and Israel itself. In the past, the press attributed to Israeli aviation a number of attacks in Syria, whose target was the transportation of weapons to Hezbollah. Israel has repeatedly argued that it was its job to prevent this transit.