IDF confirms senior Hezbollah commander and deputy killed in south Lebanon strike last night

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Ali Muhammad al-Debes, 48, a reported Hezbollah commander who was killed in an IDF strike on February 14, 2024 (Hezbollah)
Ali Muhammad al-Debes, 48, a reported Hezbollah commander who was killed in an IDF strike on February 14, 2024 (Hezbollah)

The IDF says it eliminated a senior Hezbollah commander in the terror group’s elite Radwan Force, along with his deputy, in a strike in southern Lebanon yesterday.

Last night, the IDF says fighter jets struck a building used by Hezbollah in Nabatieh, killing Ali Muhammad al-Debes and his deputy Hassan Ibrahim Issa.

According to the IDF, al-Debes, a commander in the Radwan Force, was one of the masterminds behind the bombing attack at Megiddo Junction in northern Israel in March 2023, and planned and carried out other attacks against Israel, including amid the ongoing war.

Media reports say he was responsible for Palestinian affairs in the Hezbollah terror group.

The IDF says it also struck several Hezbollah positions in the last few hours, in south Lebanon’s Blida and Maroun al-Ras.

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