Israel killed Wissam al-Tawil, one of Hezbollah’s military leaders in southern Lebanon

Wissam al-Tawil, senior member of Hezbollah, died when a rocket hit the vehicle in which he was traveling

An Israeli strike on southern Lebanon on Monday killed a senior commander of Lebanon’s elite Radwan force. Hezbollahthree security sources informed Reuters.

Security sources identified him as Wissam al-Tawil. They said he and another Hezbollah fighter were killed when his car was hit in an attack on the Lebanese village of Majdal Selm.

“Is about a very painful attack“, declared one of the security sources. Another said that “now things will get worse”.

For his part, a security source told AFP that the slain military leader “played a leading role in directing military operations in the south” that the attack occurred in the town of Kherbet Selm, a dozen kilometers from the southern border.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel in two televised speeches last week against launching a full-scale war against Lebanon. “Whoever thinks of war against us, in a word, will regret it,” Nasrallah said.

For its part, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallantassured that the Israeli Army You can “copy and paste” in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, the destruction caused by the offensive against the Gaza Stripin the midst of the rise in tensions with Hezbollah, with which it has been involved in clashes on the border for nearly three months.

“They see what is happening in Gaza. “They know we can copy and paste it in Beirut,” Gallant warned in statements to the American newspaper ‘The Wall Street Journal’, amid fears about a spread of the conflict after the death last week of the ‘number two’ of the political wing of Hamas Saleh al Arouri, in an attack blamed on Israel in Beirut.

Hezbollah and Israel have exchanged fire almost daily across the border since the war broke out on October 7. But the assassination of Hamas’s deputy leader in Beirut last week has raised fears of a larger conflagration. Al Arouri was the most prominent Hamas figure to die during the war, in the first attack on Beirut since fighting began.

Column of smoke after an Israeli attack on the town of Dhira, in southern Lebanon (Europa Press)
Column of smoke after an Israeli attack on the town of Dhaira, in southern Lebanon (Europa Press) (Marwan Naamani/Dpa/)

On Saturday, the head of foreign policy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, met in Beirut with a political official from Hezbollah, as part of an initiative to prevent Lebanon from being dragged into the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Nearly three months of cross-border fire have left more than 180 dead in Lebanon, including more than 135 Hezbollah fighters, but also more than 20 civilians, including three journalists, according to an AFP count.

Nine soldiers and at least four civilians have died in northern Israel, according to Israeli authorities.

(With information from Reuters and AFP)