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Hezbollah Accuses Israel of Killing Commander in Beirut

A Hezbollah flag is seen near the crime scene where commander Hasan al-Laqqis was killed in the southern Hadath district in Beirut, Dec. 4, 2013.
A Hezbollah flag is seen near the crime scene where commander Hasan al-Laqqis was killed in the southern Hadath district in Beirut, Dec. 4, 2013.
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The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah says one of its commanders has been killed and is blaming neighboring Israel for his death.

The group said in a statement Wednesday that Hassan al-Laqis was killed as he returned to his home in southern Beirut around midnight. Security sources said he was shot while sitting in his car.

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Hezbollah said Israel had tried to kill Laqis several times in the past and must bear "full responsibility" for his death.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor denied Israel was involved, and a claim of responsibility was posted on Twitter in the name of a group calling itself the Ahrar al-Sunna Baalbek Brigade.

The claim, which could not be verified, denounced the arrests of Sunnis by Hezbollah in the Baalbek area of Lebanon.

There has been increased tension in Lebanon between Shi'ite Hezbollah and Sunni groups that oppose its role in the civil war in neighboring Syria, where it has sent fighters to support President Bashar al-Assad.

Armed clashes and bombings have spread into Lebanon, including deadly attacks in Beirut.

Some information in this report was contributed by Reuters.

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by: Major Azzam from: Lebanon
December 04, 2013 4:24 PM
the Marine here is absolutely correct. All of Lebanon knows when we get an Israeli hit. This was done by agents of Saudi Arabia - they are good, but not even close to the professionalism of the Israelis. And besides, today, the Israelis use flying robots to do their dirty works.

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by: FairMinded from: Canada
December 06, 2013 12:09 AM
Major Azzam refers to Israelis using flying robots to do their "dirty work." Is it dirty work to protect your civilian population from people who induce gullible young people to strap on dynamite laced with nails and ball bearings and blow themselves up in public places to cause as much terror and mayhem as possible? Is that the way of the honourable warrior? How would Arabs react if Jews started blowing themselves up in souks, airports, cafes, etc. merely to destroy as many lives indiscriminately as they could? Would they eliminate the perpetrators in surgical strikes if they could or would they resort to mass slaughter?


by: USMC from: USA
December 04, 2013 12:53 PM
Hizbullah accused Israel... well, what you going to do...??? but really i don't believe the israelis had done this scumbag in. the israelis signature hit is immaculate sterility. we have seen it all over... Professionalism to the last. this guy was killed in a barrage of AK47 bullets - the killers sprayed bullets all over the parking lot... very unIsraeli - if you know what i mean..

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