Lebanese mediator killed near Syrian border
Beirut, Lebanon - A Lebanese mediator was killed late on Saturday in a second day of fighting between the powerful Hezbollah group and militants near the border with Syria, the official news agency said.
‘Ahmad al Fliti, who was mediating between fighters and Hezbollah... was wounded when his car was hit by shelling in Jurud Arsal. He later succumbed to his wounds,’ ANI said.
Lebanon’s army said Fliti was killed in shelling by ‘the terrorist organisation of the Al Nusra Front’, referring to the former Syrian branch of Al Qaeda.
Hezbollah on Friday said its fighters had begun an operation against militants on both sides of the country’s border with Syria. On Saturday, Hezbollah announced several advances in the mountainous border area of Jurud Arsal. Funerals were held on Saturday for 11 Hezbollah fighters killed in the clashes, nine in Beirut and two in Baalbek.