21 Jan 2015

In pictures: Hezbollah funerals follow Israeli strike

Hezbollah supporters turned out in force in Lebanon for the funerals of militants killed in a suspected Israeli drone strike.

Relatives of Lebanon’s Hezbollah commander Mohamad Issa, known as Abu Issa, stand over his coffin with a child and a toy weapon during his funeral in Arab-Salim, south Lebanon.

An Israeli helicopter strike in Syria killed the commander from Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the son of the group’s late military leader Imad Moughniyah.

The missile strike hit a convoy carrying Jihad Moughniyah and Abu Issa, in the province of Quneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, killing six Hezbollah members.

Ahmad, the son of Lebanon’s Hezbollah commander Mohamad Issa, known as Abu Issa, rides a vehicle as he carries his father’s rifle during his funeral.

An Iranian general killed in the Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior security source said on Tuesday.

The strike is reported to have been aimed at containing any escalation with Iran or the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla group.

Members and supporters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah carry the coffin of Ghazi Ali Dawi, one of the six Hezbollah members who died in Quneitra, during his funeral in al-Khiam village.

Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah, which fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006, has been fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria’s four-year civil war.

The dead Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer was named as General Mohammad Allahdadi by Iranian media.

Security sources say Israel has struck Syria several times since the start of the civil war in 2011, destroying weaponry it believed was destined for Hezbollah.

Israel and Hezbollah have avoided large scale confrontation since a month-long war in 2006. However, Hezbollah’s leader, Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, has made repeated threats against Israel.