The Lebanese-based Shi'ite group Hezbollah says an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights killed six of its fighters, including a top commander and the son of an assassinated military chief.
The Israeli army declined to comment, but sources in the Middle East say an Israeli helicopter fired two missiles Sunday near Quneitra, close to the line dividing the Syrian part of the Golan Heights from the Israeli-occupied sector.
Israel's Ynet news website quoted an Israeli military source as saying the attack targeted "terrorists who intended to attack Israel." Lebanese sources said the Israeli attack hit two Hezbollah vehicles.
News agencies reported among those killed was Mohammad Issa, a Hezbollah commander responsible for Syrian and Iraqi operations. Reportedly also killed was Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of slain Hezbollah military leader Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in a 2008 car bombing in Syria that was blamed on Israel.