Six Hezbollah Fighters Killed in Israeli Strikes on Homs

Photo published by loyalist media of huge explosion in Ibn al-Haytham Base in south east Homs city.
Photo published by loyalist media of huge explosion in Ibn al-Haytham Base in south east Homs city.
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Six Hezbollah Fighters Killed in Israeli Strikes on Homs

Photo published by loyalist media of huge explosion in Ibn al-Haytham Base in south east Homs city.
Photo published by loyalist media of huge explosion in Ibn al-Haytham Base in south east Homs city.

At least six Hezbollah fighters were killed Monday in Israeli strikes in Syria near the Lebanese border.
“Four of the Hezbollah fighters are Lebanese and two are Syrians,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) Director Rami Abdurrahman, told Asharq Al-Awsat.
Earlier, SOHR said Israeli strikes targeted a Hezbollah headquarters in Al-Qusair south-west of Homs on the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Another strike hit a Hezbollah headquarters used by the Iranian-backed militias south of Homs.
The observatory said that violent explosions sounded as a result of new Israeli air strikes that targeted a site near a gas station located in the al-Auras area near the Homs roundabout south of the city of Homs.
“The Ibn Al-Haytham encampment, which is used by Iranian-backed militias, is located in the area,” it noted.
According to SOHR, one of the Israeli strikes targeted a site near Al-Nabighah Al-Thubyani School, north of the roundabout in Al-Qusair city, south-west of Homs, on the Syrian-Lebanese border. The area is controlled by Hezbollah.
Plumes of smoke rose from the targeted places, while several ambulances headed towards the area. The strikes left a number of casualties, according to primary information.
On Saturday, AFP quoted SOHR as saying that an Israeli drone strike near the Lebanese border targeted a vehicle carrying “a Hezbollah commander and his companion.”
Hezbollah did not announce any deaths among its ranks on Saturday.
In March, the Israeli army struck two Syrian army sites where Hezbollah was operating. The strike was carried out based on “precise intelligence,” the army said on its Telegram account, noting that it “holds the Syrian regime accountable for all activities which take place within its territory and will not allow for any attempted actions which could lead to the entrenchment of Hezbollah on the Syrian front.”
The Israeli Army also said it struck two Syrian army sites in southern Syria, where members of the Lebanese Hezbollah group were stationed.
The Israeli army has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war there in 2011, mainly targeting army positions and Iran-backed fighters including from Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
The strikes increased after Israel’s war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip began on October 7, when the group launched an unprecedented attack against Israel, killing 1,200 people and seizing 252 hostages, mostly civilians.
Israel rarely comments on individual strikes in Syria but has repeatedly said it will not allow Iran to expand its presence there.
Since the beginning of 2024, the Syrian Observatory has counted 40 attacks in Syria, including 28 air strikes and 12 ground assaults. The strikes damaged or destroyed about 81 targets, including weapons and ammunition depots, headquarters, centers, and vehicles.
These strikes have killed 137 soldiers and injured 57 others.
The casualties include 21 Iranian members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, 26 Hezbollah members, 12 Iraqis, 28 Iranian-backed Syrian militiamen, 10 Iranian-backed non-Syrian militiamen and 40 regime soldiers.

 

 



UN Human Rights Chief: Unconscionable Death and Suffering Happening in Gaza

A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
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UN Human Rights Chief: Unconscionable Death and Suffering Happening in Gaza

A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)

Palestinians in the Israeli occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are suffering a drastically worsening human rights environment, alongside "unconscionable death and suffering" in the Gaza Strip, the UN human rights chief said on Tuesday.

"The situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is dramatically deteriorating," Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The West Bank, where the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule under Israeli occupation, has seen the worst unrest for decades, in parallel with the war in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas.

Turk said that from the start of the Gaza war in October through mid-June, 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, had been killed by Israeli security forces or settlers in the West Bank, in some cases raising "serious concerns of unlawful killings".

Twenty-three Israelis have been killed in the West Bank and Israel in clashes with or attacks by Palestinians, he said.

In Gaza, Turk said he was "appalled by the disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law" by parties to the war.

"Israel's relentless strikes in Gaza are causing immense suffering and widespread destruction, and the arbitrary denial and obstruction of humanitarian aid have continued," Turk said.

"Israel continues to detain arbitrarily thousands of Palestinians. This must not continue."

He added that Palestinian armed groups were continuing to hold hostages, including in populated areas, which put both the hostages and civilians at risk.

Israel's permanent mission to the UN in Geneva accused Turk of "completely omitting the cruelty and barbarity of terrorism" in his address to the UN Human Rights Council.

"Hostilities in Gaza are the direct result of Hamas terrorism, decades of rocket-fire and incitement against the Jewish people and the State of Israel, culminating in its brutal attacks against Israel on October 7," the diplomatic mission said in a statement.

Israel's ground and air campaign was triggered when Hamas-led fighters stormed into southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel's offensive has killed more than 37,400 people in Gaza, according to its health authorities, and left much of the enclave's population homeless.