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Samir Kuntar

Samir Kuntar


Syrian TV reported Sunday that Samir Kuntar was killed. He was a Member activist of the Palestine Liberation Front. Initial reports indicated that his body was recovered from under wreckage of the building he was residing in.

Reuters initially cited Syrian state TV as saying that several people had been injured, after rockets launched by “terrorist groups” hit a building in the Jaramana district of Damascus.

While other reports claim that the building was hit with four missiles launched by two Israeli warplanes.
Reports revolving around the incident remain vague and with no details or official statements. In other words it is still not confirmed whether Kuntar was killed by an air strike or by terrorist shelling targeting his residence.
Online footage displayed a building that had been completely demolished in the town where Kuntar was reportedly staying. He is believed to have been a Hezbollah commander, while he already is considered one of the most hated Hezbollah leaders in Israel.

Nevertheless Hezbollah did not immediately confirm or announce Kuntar being killed or injured in the bombing, only to accuse Israel later on Sunday.

Kuntar’s brother later confirmed his death on social media saying that his family “was honored to join families of martyrs.” Without elaborating further about how he was killed.

Back in 1979 Kuntar, who was 16 years at the time, was convicted of the murder of an Israeli policeman and the attempted kidnapping of an Israeli family.

In 2008, after nearly spending 30 years in prison, Israeli sources said that Samir Kuntar was among those exchanged in a swap deal with Hezbollah, for the bodies of two soldiers killed during the 2006 Lebanese war.

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