03:52 GMT13 May 2021
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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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