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Reports of Hezbollah deaths due to Israeli bombing on the Syrian-Lebanese border

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Agence France-Presse quoted a military source as saying that at least three Lebanese Hezbollah members were killed in an Israeli bombing that targeted a convoy of trucks in an area near the Syrian city of Qusayr as the convoy crossed the border from Syria into Lebanon shortly before midnight on Monday, while Syrian human rights sources spoke about 5 were killed in Israeli strikes, including 3 Syrians working with Hezbollah and two Lebanese.

The latest Israeli strikes come in light of the recent increase in the frequency of exchanged attacks between Israel and Hezbollah.

The military source explained that 9 Israeli missiles targeted oil tankers, noting that these strikes also targeted a building in the Lebanese Hermel region, about 140 kilometers from the border with Israel, “near the Syrian locality of Hosh al-Sayyid Ali, and completely destroyed it.”

Hezbollah is deployed on both sides of the eastern border between Lebanon and Syria, especially in the Qusayr region in the Syrian Homs Governorate.

Meanwhile, 7 regional officials and diplomats said that Israel intensified its secret strikes in Syria on weapons sites, supply routes, and leaders linked to Iran, before threatening to launch a large-scale attack on the Lebanese Hezbollah.

Three sources said that an air strike on June 2 killed 18 people, including an advisor to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and was targeting a secret, fortified weapons site near Aleppo.

Four sources also reported that an air strike last May targeted a convoy of trucks heading to Lebanon and carrying missile parts, while another attack led to the killing of Hezbollah members.

For years, Israel has been bombing armed groups allied with Iran in Syria and elsewhere, in limited campaigns that turned into open confrontation after it began its violent war against the Gaza Strip on October 7.

Dozens of assassinations

According to a census conducted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Israel has killed dozens of leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah in Syria since the start of the war on Gaza, while it assassinated only two of them last year before the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

The confrontation reached its peak last April when Israel bombed the Iranian consulate in Damascus, killing a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. In response, Iran fired about 300 missiles and drones at Israel, almost all of which were shot down. Then Israel again attacked Iranian territory with drones.

This direct confrontation stopped at this point, and it is the first of its kind between the two countries.

Syrian officials also recounted to Reuters details that had not been previously reported regarding the targets of Israeli strikes around the cities of Aleppo and Homs in the past few months, including the attack on June 2.

All those interviewed by the agency – 3 Syrian officials, an Israeli government official, and 3 Western diplomats – said that Israel’s moves indicate that it is preparing for a large-scale war on Hezbollah in Lebanon, which borders Syria, which could begin when Israel eases its military campaign in Gaza.