The Iranian backed Shiite Hezbollah militant group was able to bring back to Lebanon the bodies of four of its fighters including that of a senior military commander in coffins.
Commander Ali Fayad was killed last week hundreds of kilometers away from Lebanon border in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo last week
Hezbollah recovered the bodies in a special operation carried out in collaboration with the Syrian army in the town of Tal-Hmam, LBCI reported
Ali Fayad, aka “Alaa of Bosnia”, was killed last week in the ongoing clashes with Syrian rebels on the Athrayya-Khanasser road in rural Aleppo, according to reports.
Fayad was known to have “planned, overseen and led” a key part of the siege that is imposed on the rebels in Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta region, they added.
He also played a key role in the capture of the strategic Syrian town of Shebaa that lies on the road to the Damascus international airport.
His military tactics also played an important role in “halting the Syrian rebels’ advance towards the Syrian coast.”
Hezbollah has reportedly deployed at least 6,000 militants to fight alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces against Islamist-led rebels and jihadists and around 1,000 Hezbollah members have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict.
The party argues that its intervention, which is against Lebanon’s Baabda declaration , was necessary to protect Lebanon borders from extremist groups and to prevent the fall of Syria into the hands of hostile forces.