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Hezbollah buries last 2 fighters killed in Israeli strike

Hezbollah members carry the coffin of Mohammad Issa in Arab Salim, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah buried Wednesday the last two of its six fighters killed in the Sunday Israeli airstrike in Syria's Golan Heights village of Qunaitra.

The Hezbollah-draped coffins of Abbas Ibrahim Hijazi, 35, and his father, who had died hours after he was informed of his son’s killing, were carried by the party’s fighters clad in their military fatigues amid a crowd that flooded their hometown of Ghazieh, south of Sidon.

The elderly Hijazi, known as Abu Kamal, passed away due to an illness a few hours after the family was informed of the fighter’s death. He had been in a coma for a month, and served Hezbollah as a founding member and dedicated 30 years of his life to the resistance.

The angry crowd chanted anti-Israel slogans, as the funeral procession marched through the streets of Ghazieh, in an outburst of grief and anger.

The same scene of mourning and grief was replicated in the southern village of Ain Qana where Mohammad Ali Hasan Abu al-Hasan, 29, was laid to rest in a procession with Hezbollah flags and fighters which was also attended by senior Hezbollah officials.

The two fallen fighters were the last of the six Hezbollah members killed in Israel's Sunday airstrike to be buried.

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, was also killed in the strike.

Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of Hezbollah’s slain top commander Imad Mughnieh, was among the six Hezbollah fighters killed in the attack.

A Lebanese security source told The Daily Star that two Syrian fighters affiliated with Hezbollah also died in the same strike.





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