Hezbollah Commander's Death Will Bolster Resistance

Hezbollah Commander's Death Will Bolster ResistanceHezbollah Commander's Death Will Bolster Resistance

Iran's parliament speaker said the recent martyrdom of senior Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine will strengthen the resistance front against Israel.

Ali Larijani made the statement in a Saturday message of condolences to Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, secretary-general of Lebanon's resistance movement Hezbollah, following the martyrdom of Badreddine during his anti-terrorism mission in Syria, Press TV reported.

The top parliamentarian hailed the sacrifices made by the late Hezbollah military official in the fight against terrorism and said the brave martyr spent many years of his life on the frontline of battles against the Zionist regime and its mercenaries in the region.

"Hezbollah has lost a Lebanese champion and shining member, but this [loss] would definitely bolster the resolve of anti-Israel jihadi forces" in their resistance against Israeli occupation, he said.

Larijani also offered his sympathy to the bereaved family of the slain commander. On Friday, Badreddine lost his life in a strike near the international airport in Damascus, Syria. Initial media reports blamed the Israeli regime for the assault.

However, Hezbollah announced following investigations on Saturday that its top military official was killed by terrorist groups operating against the Damascus government.

Badreddine's killing will only boost Hezbollah's "will and intention to continue fighting these criminal gangs", the Lebanese movement said in a statement.

Over the past few years, Hezbollah resistance fighters have been helping the Syrian Army fight militant groups and liberate the militant-held areas. The resistance movement says its mission is aimed at preventing the spillover of the Syria crisis into Lebanon.