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IDF airstrikes kill top Hamas leader in Lebanon as Gaza war escalates in region | World | News

Israel reportedly killed the deputy commander of Hamas’ military wing in Lebanon.

Israel carried out an airstrike near the southern Lebanese city of Tyre, killing Khalil Haraz, deputy commander of the Al-Qassam Brigades, according to a Kuwaiti newspaper. Al-Jareeda.

The report said three other Hamas members were also killed in the strike.

This comes after an Israeli strike on southern Lebanon on Tuesday killed two journalists who were covering violence along the border with Israel for the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen television channel, according to Lebanese officials and the channel. of TV.

A separate strike in another location in Lebanon killed four Palestinian members of the militant group Hamas.

The Israeli military said it was studying the matter. In a statement released Tuesday, the group said its planes “struck three armed terrorist cells in the border area with Lebanon” in addition to Hezbollah infrastructure.

Also in southern Lebanon, an Israeli drone strike on Tuesday in the village of Chaatiyeh, near the Mediterranean coast, killed four Hamas members, a Palestinian official and a Lebanese security official said.

The Palestinian official said they were members of the Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing.

The Lebanese security official also confirmed that the four killed were Hamas members, without specifying whether they belonged to the military wing. A Hamas official in Lebanon said there were “a number of Palestinian resistance martyrs”, without confirming their number or identity.

The three officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal military information.

Lebanon’s national news agency reported that four people were killed in the vehicle, but gave no further details.

The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the strike.

The Lebanese-Israeli border is the scene of daily exchanges of fire between Hezbollah and Israeli troops. The clashes began a day after the Hamas attack on southern Israel on October 7, which killed around 1,200 people and around 240 were taken back to Gaza as hostages.

Israel has since carried out a large-scale military campaign in the Gaza Strip, killing more than 12,700 people, according to Palestinian health authorities.

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