9 January 2024

The Israeli military confirmed killing an individual described as “Hizbollah’s commander of southern Lebanon aerial unit, Ali Husin Berji ‘Abu Maadi’, using an IAF aircraft. Ali led dozens of attacks using UAVs against Israel”. A spokesperson further reported that “throughout the day, several launches were carried out from Lebanese territory, two UAVs hit the northern command base. There were no casualties and minor damage was caused… Ali also carried out this attack - and he was eliminated three hours afterwards, along with other operatives who were with him”. He also noted: “Today we eliminated a terrorist squad that was attempting to launch UAVs towards the State of Israel, three terrorists were killed in this strike and their weapons were destroyed”. Hizbollah maintained that “the brother who is in charge of [the] drone unit… has never been subjected to any assassination attempt”, but confirmed several other fatalities.

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