Lebanese militant leader killed in Israeli raid in Syria: Hezbollah

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Lebanese militant leader killed in Israeli raid in Syria: Hezbollah

By Mariam Karouny and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed Samir Qantar, a Hezbollah militant leader, in Damascus on Saturday evening, the Lebanese group and Syrian state media said on Sunday. Israel welcomed Qantar's death, saying he had been preparing attacks on it from Syrian soil, but stopped short of confirming responsibility for the strike that killed him. A former national security adviser to Israel said he doubted the strike would escalate hostilities between Israel and Iranian-backed Hezbollah, whose last major confrontation was in 2006.
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