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Former Hezbollah official found dead in his Beirut flat: Report

A picture taken from the southern Lebanese village of Meiss al-Jabal on December 16, 2018, shows the flag of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah hoisted along the border of Lebanon and the occupied territories. (Photo by AFP)

A former official in the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has been found dead in his flat in a Beirut neighborhood, a Lebanese news agency reported.

The state-run National News Agency says security officials found the body of former official, identified only as Ali H., inside his apartment in the Bourj el-Barajneh neighborhood.

Security forces have immediately opened an investigation into the incident and were awaiting the arrival of a forensic doctor to determine the cause of death, the report said.

No other information was immediately available, nor what position the deceased had held in the group.

The incident comes a week after the fiercest shelling exchange between Hezbollah and the Israeli military since the 2006 Lebanon war.

The cross-border fire followed an Israeli drone attack against Lebanon, after which Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned that it could be a precursor to assassination attacks by Israel.

In reaction to the Israeli air raids, Hezbollah fired two anti-tank guided missiles at a moving Israeli armored vehicle at the Avivim base north of the occupied lands, killing and wounding its occupants.

Following the retaliatory attack, Israeli soldiers fled in panic from a military base targeted by Hezbollah.

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