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Israel killed the son of a senior Hezbollah official in Lebanon - The Northern Front is on fire - Hamas delays the release of the hostages

The war in Gaza continues unabated despite an agreement between Israel and Hamas to release hostages and a ceasefire for a few days.

Israeli-Hezbollah hostilities continue on the Lebanese border

Meanwhile, undeclared warfare and hostilities between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hezbollah continue in southern Lebanon, where the Israelis claim to have struck further Hezbollah targets , as well as a cell preparing to launch rockets, and another cell that opened fire on troops on the border.




Το Ισραήλ  σκότωσε τον γιό υψηλόθαθμου στελέχους της Χεζμπολάχ στο Λίβανο

However, the most important news concerning the Hezbollah-Israel hostilities, in our opinion, is that of the death of Abbas Raad, son of the head of the Hezbollah parliamentary bloc Mohamed Raad, by Israeli fire in southern Lebanon, which is dangerously dynamiting developments on the northern front.

According to Israeli media, which is following developments minute by minute, "the Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorist group

Hezbollah said early Thursday that five of its fighters, including the son of a senior MP, were killed amid skirmishes on the Israel-Lebanon border since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.

Abbas Ra'ad, son of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc leader Mohammed Ra'ad, "was martyred on the road to Jerusalem," the group said in a statement.

It issued separate statements with the identities and photos of four other militants who were also killed.

A source close to the family, who requested anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to the media, told Agence France - Presse that Abbas Raad "was killed along with several other Hezbollah members" in an Israeli strike on Wednesday on a house in Beit Yahoun in southern Lebanon.

Lebanon's official National News Agency said Wednesday that "an airstrike launched by the Israeli enemy ... on a house in Beit Yahoun killed four people." He did not identify the victims.

Since the start of the Israel-Hamas war on 7 October, when thousands of terrorists massacred about 1,200 people in Israel and took about 240 hostages, Israel's northern front on the border with Lebanon has also been heating up.

Daily exchanges of fire and attacks, with Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist groups raising fears of a wider conflict

The Israeli military said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that it struck a number of Hezbollah targets and sources of fire from Lebanon, including a "terrorist cell" and Hezbollah infrastructure.

Since the cross-border exchanges began, 107 people have been killed on the Lebanese side, according to a French Agency count. The count also includes at least 14 civilians, three of them journalists.

Hezbollah announced on Wednesday the death of its 79th fighter killed since the outbreak of war. Seven Hezbollah members have also been killed in Syria.

On the Israeli side, six soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

Timing of death with Hamas hostage release deal delays implementation

The death of Abbas Raad, son of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc leader Mohammed Raad, came hours after the announcement of a four-day lull in fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, a key Hezbollah ally and also an Iranian proxy.

The deal was expected to start being implemented today Thursday , which also calls for the release of some of the hostages held in Gaza, but has now been delayed until Friday.

Hezbollah announced earlier on Wednesday that it would join the ceasefire, although it was not part of the negotiations between Israel and Hamas through the US and Qatar, which hosts the Hamas political leadership in Doha.

In comments later Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had not made any ceasefire commitments on the northern border and that Hezbollah would be judged "by its actions" and not by anything else.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdolahian, on a visit to Beirut on Wednesday, warned in an interview that if the Hamas-Israel ceasefire begins but "does not continue ... conditions in the region will not remain the same as they were before the ceasefire and the scope of the war will widen."

Full implementation of the hostage release agreement uncertain

Our assessment is that the full implementation of the hostage release agreement is uncertain, mainly due to the events that have unfolded since the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack on Israel and the IDF's operations in Gaza, raising the level of hatred between the warring parties, especially those fighting on the front line.

In our view, this will result in the ceasefire agreement being violated, particularly at the end of the ceasefire, by one of the two, with the other one returning fire.



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