According to the Hezbollah militia, a high-ranking commander of the Iranian-backed radical Islamic group was killed in an Israeli attack in southern Lebanon on Tuesday. Hezbollah named the commander as Sami Abdallah, known as Abu Taleb. Israel has not yet confirmed the attack or the alleged victim.

Lebanese military sources said that the man killed was Hezbollah’s most important target since the beginning of the Gaza war, which was sparked by the radical Islamist Hamas attack on Israel. According to them, the Israeli attack hit a location about 15 kilometers from the border with Israel.

Since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip on October 7, there has been almost daily mutual shelling between Israel and Hezbollah fighters.

According to a count by the AFP news agency, at least 458 people have been killed in Lebanon since October. According to Israeli sources, at least 15 soldiers and 11 civilians were killed on the Israeli side of the border.