Former Hezbollah Prisoner in Israel Killed in Syria

Fawzi Ayoub, who is on the FBI's "most wanted" list, spent four years in Israeli jail and was released in a prisoner swap.


A senior Hezbollah commander, who lived in the United States and holds Canadian citizenship, has been killed fighting alongside government troops in Syria, security sources and a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

Fawzi Ayoub, who is on the FBI's "most wanted" list for an attempted bombing in Israel, was killed on Monday by the predominantly Sunni Muslim rebel forces who have been waging war on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for more than three years.

The Shiite Hezbollah has joined the Syrian government in an increasingly sectarian conflict that is pulling in fighters from across the region and destabilizing Syria's neighbors.

Ayoub was arrested by Israel in 2000 and spent four years in jail before being released as part of a prisoner swap, the sources said. He is a prominent member of Hezbollah and comes from the southern Lebanese village of Ain Qana.

He holds both Canadian and Lebanese citizenship and has lived in the United States. The anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that Ayoub had been killed in Syria.

The sources said Ayoub was killed in Nawa, a town in the southern Syrian province of Deraa, the cradle of the Syrian uprising-turned-war in which an estimated 160,000 people have been killed.