29 March 2024

Syrian state media reported Israeli strikes near Aleppo, asserting that they “coincided with an air attack carried by terrorist organisations”. Various accounts estimated around three dozen Syrian military fatalities, and several Hizbollah fighters killed. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson condemned the strikes as Israel’s “attempt to perpetuate and exacerbate the crisis in the region”. The same day, the Israeli military reported the killing of a senior Hizbollah commander in southern Lebanon, whom it described as “one of the leaders for heavy-warhead rocket fire and responsible for conducting and planning attacks against Israeli civilians”. Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant remarked that “Israel is turning from defending to pursuing Hizbollah, we will reach wherever the organisation operates, in Beirut, Damascus and in more distant places”.

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