Dec. 4 - Hezbollah says one of its commanders was assassinated outside his home in Beirut, and blames Israel for the killing. Michaela Cabrera reports.
One of Hezbollah's commanders was killed in Beirut, the militant group said. This is the house of Hassan Al-Laqqis, where the assassination took place around midnight. The commander was shot in the head while he was driving his car. A gun with a silencer was used. Hezbollah is blaming Israel, an old rival with whom it fought a month-long war in 2006. The group describes Al-Laqqis as a leader of the Islamic resistance against the Jewish state. Israel denied any role in the killing. A source has said Al-Laqqis had joined battles in neighbouring Syria. The Shi-ite group has been sending fighters to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad against mostly Sunni rebels. Such intervention has fueled sectarian violence in Lebanon.