The son of a slain Hezbollah military leader has been killled in an Israeli air attack in the Syrian province of Quneitra, according to the Lebanese Shia group.
An Israeli helicopter fired missiles on Sunday at Jihad Mughniyeh’s car in Quneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a Hezbollah statement said.
Al Jazeera’s Nicole Johnston, reporting from the Lebanese capital Beirut, said Jihad Mughniyeh, 20, was the son of Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in the Syrian capital Damascus in 2008.
Israeli Channel 10 television said an official Israeli source had confirmed that Israel had mounted an attack inside Syria, on Sunday.
Israel’s Ynet news Web site also quoted a military source as saying the attack had targeted “terrorists who intended to attack Israel”.
Imad Mughniyeh was on the most wanted list of the US for attacks on Israeli and Western targets until his death.
The Hezbollah statement confirmed that a total of six members, including Jihad Mughniyeh, were killed in the attack.
He was killed with five other members of Hezbollah when his convoy was hit, the sources said.
“A group of Hezbollah mujahideen were martyred in a Zionist rocket attack in Quneitra, and their names will be revealed later,” said a message on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar news channel.
They were killed during a field reconnaissance mission in Mazraat Amal, a village in Quneitra, the message said.
The strike comes three days after Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said he considered frequent Israeli strikes in Syria as a major aggression, and that Syria and its allies had the right to respond.
Hezbollah, a political group with a powerful military wing, is fighting alongside forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against Sunni armed groups trying to overthrow his regime.
In the summer of 2006, Hezbollah fought a month-long war with Israel. Al Jazeera