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Israel kills three Hezbollah members in southern Lebanon in yet another escalation

The three Hezbollah members who were assassinated in an Israeli drone strike in southern Lebanon on January 9, 2024.

Three members of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah have been assassinated in an Israeli drone strike in southern Lebanon.

Lebanese media reports said the fatalities took place on Tuesday after the occupation drones targeted a vehicle in the southern town of Ghandouriyeh, in Bint Jbeil District.

The three Hezbollah members were identified as Issa Ali Nour al-Din, Mohammed Sharif Al-Sayyed Nasser and Hassan Abdel Hussein Ismail.

The Lebanese resistance movement confirmed the Israeli assassination of its three members in separate statements.

Lebanese media reported that four people were injured in another drone strike by the Israeli regime in the town of Khirbet Selm in Bint Jbeil district on Tuesday before the funeral ceremony of top Hezbollah commander Wissam al-Tawil, who was assassinated in an Israeli airstrike in the same area a day earlier.

The 58-year-old commander served with Hezbollah’s elite Radwan ground force.

Saleh al-Arouri, a senior official in the politburo of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, was also killed on January 2 in a “treacherous Zionist strike” on Beirut’s southern suburb of Dahiyeh.

Earlier on Tuesday, Hezbollah launched drone strikes against the headquarters of the Israeli military’s Northern Command in response to the regime’s assassinations of top Hamas and Hezbollah officials.

Hezbollah also on Saturday hit an Israeli aerial surveillance base with 62 missiles in its first response to Tel Aviv’s assassination of Arouri, the deputy political leader of Hamas.  

The Lebanese resistance movement has already warned the regime of the consequences of further escalation in the region following its relentless bombardment of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip over the past 95 days.

The Israeli regime launched its devastating war on the Gaza Strip on October 7 after the territory’s Hamas-led Palestinian resistance groups carried out a surprise retaliatory attack, dubbed Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, against the occupying entity.

The Israeli military has also been carrying out attacks against the Lebanese territory since then, prompting retaliatory strikes from Hezbollah in support of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

The movement has vowed to keep up its retaliatory operations as long as the Tel Aviv regime continues its onslaught on Gaza.

Israel's brutal aggression against Gaza has killed at least 23,210 people, most of them women and children. More than 59,100 individuals have also been wounded.

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