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 Hezbollah members and supporters carry the coffin of commander Hatem Hamadeh, also known as 'Haj Alaa' during his funeral in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, 18 October 2016. Hezbollah commander Hatem Hamadeh and Hezbollah fighter al-Effie were killed during clashes in Syria's Aleppo. EPA/WAEL HAMZEH
Hezbollah members and supporters carry the coffin of commander Hatem Hamadeh, also known as ‘Haj Alaa’ during his funeral in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, 18 October 2016. Hezbollah commander Hatem Hamadeh and Hezbollah fighter al-Effie were killed during clashes in Syria’s Aleppo. EPA/WAEL HAMZEH

Hezbollah  held  a funeral for  another one of its commanders who was killed in Syria.

Tuesday’s funeral for Hatem Hamadeh, also known as Haj Alaa, was held in the group’s stronghold south of Beirut.

Hezbollah sent thousands of fighters to Syria to back Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces. The group has reportedly  lost more than 1,500 fighters  including several key commanders since openly joining the battle in Syria three years ago.

The group did not say when or where Hamadeh was killed but Hezbollah has been active in the battle of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo that has witnessed some of the worst fighting in recent weeks since Syria’s crisis began in 2011.

Hamadeh’s coffin was covered with the group’s yellow flag and was placed next to another fighter killed in Syria, Jalal al-Afi.

Agencies

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