An Israeli strike targeted a Hezbollah commander in Southern Lebanon on January 8th, leading to a strong hit at the Lebanon-Israel border, according to Reuters.
As per information from a source in Lebanon, it has been reported that Wissam Tawil, the senior commander of Hezbollah’s elite Radwan forces, and a key figure in the operations in the southern region, has been killed in an Israeli strike.
Since October 7th, tensions along the Lebanon-Israel border have escalated, resulting in the death of more than 130 Hezbollah fighters and the displacement of thousands of individuals from both sides of the border. The increasing tension is raising concerns about the potential for a broader conflict in the region.
Multiple sources in Lebanon have indicated that Wissam Tawil and another Hezbollah fighter were targeted in a car in Majdal Selm, a village situated approximately 6 km from the border.
Over the years, Wissam Tawil had been captured in photographs alongside various leaders of the Shi’ite group, including Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah and the former head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani.
For the past three months, Hezbollah’s campaign against Israel aims to support Palestinians in Gaza, who have been severely affected by Israeli bombardment since Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack. However, the hostilities are primarily focused along the Lebanese-Israeli border, with both parties actively targeting the border region.
This tension rose when an Israeli strike targeted deputy Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri in Dahiyeh, the suburbs of Beirut, in which Israel has not commented about the attack.
Since the strike, Hezbollah’s Secretary General has warned Israel of launching a full-scale war and said, “Whoever thinks of war with us – in one word, he will regret it.”