Hezbollah Recovers Body of Senior Commander Killed in Syria Fighting

Ali Fayyad has led major battles against the Israeli army in south Lebanon; Lebanese media say he was among four Hezbollah fighters killed in Aleppo.

The Aleppo neighborhood of al-Qaterji, controlled by rebels, after airstrikes by pro-Assad forces, Feb. 14, 2016.
The Aleppo neighborhood of al-Qaterji, controlled by rebels, after airstrikes by pro-Assad forces, Feb. 14, 2016.Credit: Reuters

Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group says it has recovered the body of a senior commander who was killed during fighting in Syria's northern province of Aleppo.

Hezbollah said Monday the body of Ali Fayyad, known locally as Haj Alaa, was recovered Sunday night in an operation in which Syrian army and Hezbollah special forces took part.

A Russia-U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect on Saturday is largely holding despite violations by both sides.

Hezbollah has been fighting alongside government troops in Syria and the forces recently took from Islamic State militants the town of Khanaser and its surroundings in Aleppo.

Fayyad is a Hezbollah veteran who has led major battles against the Israeli army in south Lebanon. Lebanese media say he was among four Hezbollah fighters killed in Aleppo last week.

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