Operations officer of Hezbollah’s Jouaiyya regional unit killed in drone strike – IDF

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

Hezbollah operative Abbas Ibrahim Hamza Hamada on a poster published on June 20, 2024. (Hezbollah media office)
Hezbollah operative Abbas Ibrahim Hamza Hamada on a poster published on June 20, 2024. (Hezbollah media office)

The operations officer of Hezbollah’s Jouaiyya regional unit was killed in an Israeli airstrike earlier today, the military says.

Abbas Ibrahim Hamza Hamada, also known as Fadl Ibrahim, was killed in a drone strike in the southern Lebanon town of Deir Kifa.

According to the IDF, Fadl Ibrahim was in charge of operations in the Jouaiyya area, a town close to Deir Kifa.

The military says he was responsible for planning and carrying out attacks against Israel while commanding Hezbollah’s ground forces in Jouaiyya.

In recent months, the IDF says Fadl Ibrahim “advanced the entrenchment of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, while attempting to improve the organization’s ground combat.”

Hezbollah announces his death but does not call him a commander. Fadl Ibrahim’s death brings the terror group’s toll amid the war to at least 349.

Simultaneous to the drone strike that killed the operations officer, the IDF says fighter jets struck a Hezbollah surface-to-air missile launcher in Rihan, which it says posed a threat to Israeli aircraft.

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