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Syrian Rebels Claim to Have Killed Hezbollah's Deputy Chief

Syrian Rebels Claim to Have Killed Hezbollah's Deputy Chief

Syrian rebels claim they killed Hezbollah’s Deputy Chief Naim Qassem when they bombed a convoy of high-ranking Syrian government officials near the Lebanon border on Feb. 26.

The Lebanese newspaper al-Mustaqbal reported that the Syrian rebels placed mines “on the Beirut-Damascus highway and [detonated them] as the convoy returned from a high-level security meeting in Lebanon.”

The al-Mustaqbal did not report that Qassem was killed, only that he was injured. However, the Free Syria Army used its Twitter account to announce: “It has been confirmed… that Hezbollah’s number two man died after [receiving] a serious injury.”

Hezbollah has denied the death reports. No other details are forthcoming, as Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has canceled television appearances due to illness. 

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