MESOP FLASH : Israel Army Chief: Hezbollah Commander Bahreddine Killed by His Own Men

22 March 2017 – The head of the Israeli army said on Tuesday that Hezbollah’s commander in Syria, Mustafa Badreddine, was killed by his own men. Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said reports that Mustafa Amine Badreddine was killed by Hezbollah officers match “intelligence we have”. He claimed the incident “indicates the depth of the internal crisis within Hezbollah…[and] the extent of the cruelty, complexity and tension between Hezbollah and its patron Iran”.

Claims at the time of Badreddine’s death in May 2016 near Damascus ranged from an Israeli strike to shelling by Syrian rebels.  But Eisenkot maintained yesterday that the commander died in “an internal crisis over what they are fighting for, an economic crisis and a leadership crisis”.