Airstrike Eliminates Hezbollah Leader

By Yoni Weiss

Smoke rises after a rocket fired from Lebanon hit an area near Moshav Beit Hillel, northern Israel, Tuesday. (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)

The IDF confirmed on Tuesday the elimination of Hezbollah commander Ismail Yusaf Baz, during an airstrike in Ain Ebel, a village in southern Lebanon.

Baz, who led Hezbollah’s coastal operations with a rank akin to a brigade commander, was implicated by the IDF in orchestrating missile and anti-tank rocket attacks against communities in northern Israel from Lebanon’s coastal regions. He was also accused of planning various terrorist activities.

Earlier Tuesday, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for launching a drone strike that injured three Israelis near Moshav Beit Hillel in the Upper Galilee.

In related developments, IDF reservists completed a military readiness drill along the Lebanese frontier on Tuesday. The exercise simulated multiple conflict scenarios involving both Syria and Lebanon, included cyber warfare training, and practiced transitioning from peacetime to emergency conditions.

The region remains tense following an attack by Iran early Sunday, prompting Israeli officials to contemplate further responses.

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