Sunday, January 18, 2015

'Son of Imad Mugniyeh Killed' in IAF Syria Strike

Hezbollah admitted today that one of its senior men was killed along with four Iranians in an IAF strike in Syria. 

Reports quoted in Israeli media said that the man is Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of Imad Mughniyeh, a senior Hezbollah officer who was also killed by Israel several years ago.

The men were reportedly assisting terrorists in preparing missiles for launch against Israel. 

"A group of Hezbollah mujahedeen were martyred in a Zionist rocket attack in Quneitra, and their names will be revealed later," said a message flashed on Hezbollah's Al Manar news channel Sunday.

AFP reported that a source in Israel's defense establishment confirmed that Israel had carried out an attack in Syrian territory. Such admissions by Israel are rare.

Al Manar reported that an IAF helicopter fired rockets at Jabhat al-Nusra targets near the Golan border, in the early afternoon.

According to Elnashra, a news source with close ties to Hezbollah, a senior Hezbollah operative was hurt. It later turned out that he was killed.
Jabhat al-Nusra is Al Qaeda's Syrian arm.

According to Al Manar, two rockets were fired at a target in Mazraat al-Amal near Quneitra.

Meanwhile, Al Mayadeen TV said that the missiles were launched by an IAF aircraft, without specifying that it was a helicopter.

Western security sources said that the missiles were fired at a team of terrorists who had begun laying explosive charges on the Syria-Israel border near Quneitra.

According to the report, shortly before the IAF struck, two drones were seen circling above the area, apparently to collect intelligence.

Mazraat al-Amal is located in the Syrian Golan, near the border with Israel, and recent reports said that Jabhat al-Nusra forces were occupying it.

The IDF refused to formally confirm or deny the report of the strike and said that it “does not respond to reports in foreign media.”
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Israeli forces fired smoke grenades and tear gas toward Lebanese territory. Three Lebanese soldiers were taken to a hospital for treatment following that incident.

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