Report: Hizbullah Commander Killed in Lebanon not Syriaإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
A high-ranking Hizbullah commander has died during training in a camp in Lebanon, security sources said, refuting claims he was killed in battle in Syria on Sunday.
The sources told An Nahar daily published on Tuesday that Ali Bazzi was mistakenly shot during a live fire training at one of Hizbullah's camps in Lebanon.
Hizbullah has lost scores of fighters since it joined Syrian President Bashar Assad in battling the Sunni-led rebels, inflaming sectarian tensions on both sides of the border.
A Lebanese security source on Sunday said that Bazzi was killed in a “combat zone," without specifying the location.
A website for Bint Jbeil, Bazzi's hometown in southern Lebanon, announced his death on Sunday and posted pictures of him in military garb and holding an automatic rifle, saying he "died a martyr as he was carrying out his sacred duty as a jihadist."
A photo distributed in Sidon of Bazzi, showed a man with a white beard wearing a camouflage military uniform and a green beret.