Top Hezbollah Commander Mustafa Badreddine Assassinated By Own Group: Israeli Military

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was behind Badreddine's assassination alongside Iran's Qassem Soleimani who led Quds Force, a branch of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), say reports.

On Tuesday, Gen Eisenkot said the Arab media reports that Hezbollah had killed Badreddine matched the "intelligence we have". Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organization in Israel.

Both the USA and Israel believed 55-year-old Badreddine to be Hezbollah's military commander in Syria.

The anti-aircraft missile was sacked by the Syrian military after Israeli fighter jets bombed "targets" in Syria.

His predecessor, cousin and brother-in-law Imad Mughniyeh was killed in Damascus in a 2008 bombing that Hezbollah blamed on Israel.

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The Lebanese militia fought a one-month war with Israel, its primary enemy, in 2006.

However, Russia's foreign ministry on Monday acknowledged it had summoned Israel's ambassador over Friday's air strikes, which were close to Moscow's forces near the historic Syrian city of Palmyra.

IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, addressing the changeover ceremony for the head of the IDF northern command, also on Sunday, said Hezbollah continues with its efforts to acquire unsafe and accurate weapons meant to harm the Israeli home front.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied reports that Moscow had told Israel to end airstrikes in the war-torn country and vowed to continue attacking weapons convoys. "The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation", Lieberman said on Israeli Public Radio on Sunday. It centered on the southern Lebanese border with northern Israel, and the Golan Heights, a contested territory that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel would continue its efforts to prevent attempts at arming Hezbollah, and threatened to destroy Syrian ballistic missile defense squadrons if they prevented Israeli forces from carrying out their goal.

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