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    Members of Syrian security services and soldiers stand in front of a damaged building that was hit by an Israeli strike, killing a Lebanese militant leader Samir Qantar, in the Damascus district of Jaramana, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA on December 20, 2015

    Syria Defines Israeli Airstrike on Damascus Suburb as 'Terrorist Act'

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    A senior Hezbollah official and about ten other people were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a Damascus suburb on Saturday evening, Syrian and Lebanese media reported.

    According to Syrian and Lebanese media reports, Israeli warplanes struck a building in Jaramana, just outside Damascus, around 10.15 p.m. on Saturday, killing Samir Quntar and several Syrian civilians.

    The Syrian authorities condemned the attack as a “terrorist act.”

    “The Council of Ministers condemns this terrorist attack, which killed a number of innocent civilians, including the heroic Samir Quntar, the elder of the Lebanese inmates languishing in Israeli prisons,” the Syrian Cabinet said in a statement.

    The Lebanon-based Islamist militant group confirmed Quntar’s death and blamed it on Israel.

    Samir Quntar spent 29 years in an Israeli jail and was released in 2008 as part of a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hezbollah.

    Reuters earlier reported that Israeli civilian and military officials declined to comment on Saturday’s airstrike.


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