Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

The man believed to be Hezbollah’s most senior military commander in Syria’s war Mustafa Amine Badreddine has been killed in Damascus.

Lebanon-based Militant group said that “Badreddine died in a large explosion near Damascus airport”.

Report said “Hezbollah supports Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad had sent thousands of fighters to Syria”.

In 2015, the US said “that Badreddine was behind all Hezbollah’s military operations in Syria since 2011″.

The US treasury, which imposed sanctions on Badreddine last July, said he was behind the movement of Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon to Syria, was in charge of the key battle for the town of al-Qusair in 2013.

Badreddine was also charged with leading the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri in Beirut in 2005.

Israeli media reported that the government refused to comment whether it was involved in Badreddine’s death.

Meanwhile, Israel had been accused by Hezbollah of killing a number of its fighters in Syria since the conflict began.

The group was established in the wake of the Israeli occupation of Lebanon in the early 1980s, and called for the “obliteration” of Israel.

Badreddine who was born in 1961 believed to have been a senior figure in Hezbollah’s military wing.

He was a cousin and brother-in-law of Imad Mughniyeh, who was the military wing’s chief until his assassination by car bomb in Damascus in 2008.

BBC/Hauwa Mustapha