Israel says Lebanon strike killed Hezbollah commander



Israel has announced the killing of a senior Hezbollah commander in a targeted airstrike in southern Lebanon. The strike, carried out by an Israeli warplane, targeted Ismail al-Zin in the village of Kounine. The Lebanese armed group confirmed al-Zin’s death in a statement on Telegram.

Described as a significant commander in Hezbollah’s elite Radwan forces’ anti-tank unit, al-Zin was said to be responsible for numerous anti-tank missile attacks against Israeli civilians, communities, and security forces. The Israeli military underscored his role in possessing knowledge of anti-tank missiles. While Hezbollah acknowledged al-Zin’s death, it didn’t specify his affiliation with the Radwan unit.

Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah have escalated, marked by regular exchanges of fire. The conflict has resulted in casualties on both sides, including Hezbollah members, civilians, and military personnel. Amid concerns of a broader conflict, efforts for a diplomatic resolution have been sought by the United States and other countries, though Hezbollah has insisted on continuing its attacks until a ceasefire is achieved in Gaza. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant affirmed Israel’s determination to respond to attacks from Lebanon with retaliatory measures.