In southern Lebanon, a senior commander of Hezbollah’s elite Radwan force, Wissam Tawil, was killed in a suspected Israeli airstrike. Tawil, a significant figure in Hezbollah, was killed in his vehicle in the town of Majdal Selm, about 10 kilometers from the Israeli border. Reports initially identified him as a deputy commander, but he was later recognized as a commander of the Radwan force, possibly its top official. His death is a considerable blow to Hezbollah, given his high rank and experience, including deployments in Syria and Iraq. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed strikes on Hezbollah targets in Lebanon but did not specifically acknowledge killing Tawil. Hezbollah confirmed Tawil’s death and released photos showing him with key figures such as Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and the assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, underlining his prominence within the group
The broader conflict has witnessed more than 130 Hezbollah militants killed since October 7, 2023, marking it as the deadliest confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah since their month-long war in 2006. The situation has been further exacerbated by the assassination of Saleh al-Arouri, deputy political leader of Hamas, in a drone strike in Beirut, believed to have been carried out by Israel. This event provoked a response from Hezbollah, which launched rockets against an Israeli observation post. Despite these aggressive actions, both Hezbollah and Israel seem cautious about escalating to a full-scale war.