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Israeli Airstrikes In Southern Lebanon Kill Two Senior Hezbollah Militants


Israeli airstrikes in southern Lebanon have killed two high-ranking members of Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group.

A video released by the Israeli army on Tuesday showed a strike on a car driving in Aadloun in southern Lebanon, which the army said killed a “significant operative in the Hezbollah’s aerial defence unit.”

Hezbollah confirmed the death of one of its fighters, Hussein Azqul (Azkoul). Israel describes hims as “central terrorist” in Hezbollah’s air defense unit while sources close to the group said he was an engineer in Hezbollah’s aerial defence units and that he had been active in Hezbollah’s field operations.

Azqul, according to the IDF, was “heavily involved in the activities of the [air defense unit] and took part in the planning and execution of a variety of terror activities.”

A separate Israeli strike overnight Monday (April 22) to Tuesday killed Muhammad Attiya, a member of the aerial unit of Hezbollah’s elite Radwan Forces, the IDF said.

Hours after the strike, Israel intercepted several drones over its northern coast. Drone infiltration sirens were triggered in Nahariya, Acre, and other northern areas, with the IDF neutralizing three drones believed to be carrying explosives.

The ongoing skirmishes have led to the evacuation of approximately 70,000 residents from northern Israeli communities amid daily attacks from Hezbollah and other Iran-backed forces.

Last week, the Israeli military confirmed the death of a senior Hezbollah commander, Ismail Yousef Baz, in an airstrike. According to IDF reports, Baz was involved in orchestrating and executing rocket and anti-tank missile attacks against Israel from Lebanon’s coastal regions.

Hezbollah, supported by Iran and allied with groups such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, has escalated its aggressive actions against Israel.