"Hezbollah claims Israel carried out Sunday's strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, which killed a prominent Hezbollah fighter, a senior Iranian general, and five other Hezbollah members. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its role in the strike," the Associated Press reported.
Citing UN spokesman Farhan Haq, Agence France-Presse reveals, however, that UN peacekeepers in the Golan saw "two unmanned aerial vehicles flying from the Alpha (Israeli) side and crossing the ceasefire line" on Sunday. "An hour later, smoke was observed coming from the general direction of position 30," Haq said, adding that the drones were seen flying over the "position 30" area and "again crossing the ceasefire line."
"Hezbollah and its leadership have the smarts, the resources and the capability to respond accordingly, after taking into consideration the political-security situation of Lebanon and the region at large," Kamal Rifai said in an interview with Lebanese media.
The Sunday's strike claimed the lives of six Hezbollah members, including Golan coordinator Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of Imad Mughniyeh – a prominent Hezbollah operative. The media outlet points out that Iranian General Mohammed Allahdadi was also killed during the assault together with five Iranian military servicemen.
In response, Jerusalem has deployed several "Iron Dome" anti-missile batteries along its northern border and intensified surveillance in the region, the Associated Press reports, citing Israeli officials.
"The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] is prepared, tracking all developments, and ready to act as needed. This statement is not simply a speech — it's a matter of real operational preparedness," Israel Defense Forces' Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said as quoted by the Times of Israel.
It is worth mentioning that since the beginning of the Syrian war, Israel has allegedly conducted several airstrikes against Syria, targeting its advanced military systems.