TYRE: A top military commander of Hezbollah, which is helping Syrian troops battle rebels, died in fighting Sunday in Syria, a Lebanese security source said.
“Ali Bazzi, a high-ranking Hezbollah military commander, was killed today in a combat zone,” the source said without specifying the location.
Earlier the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Hezbollah fighters died Sunday during battles in Nabk, one of the last rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun region bordering Lebanon.
“There is fierce fighting in Nabk between government forces, backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, and Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria,” the group said.
A website for Bint Jbeil, Bazzi’s hometown in southern Lebanon, also announced the commander’s death and posted pictures of him in military garb and holding an automatic rifle.
“Ali Hussein Bazzi ... died a martyr as he was carrying out his sacred duty as a jihadist,” read the announcement.
Meanwhile residents of southern Lebanon said that two other Hezbollah fighters – Ali Saleh and Qassem Ghamloosh – were also killed in Syria Sunday and buried.
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has repeatedly defended his group’s involvement in Syria.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 09, 2013, on page 3.