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Hezbollah says Islamist extremists killed military chief in Syria

Hezbollah fighters carry a portrait of Mustafa Badreddine during his funeral in the Ghobeiry neighbourhood of Beirut on May 13, 2016Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah on Saturday blamed Sunni extremists for killing its top military commander in Syria and vowed to keep fighting to defend President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The Islamist State (IS) jihadist group, meanwhile, briefly overran a government-controlled hospital in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, triggering a battle with pro-regime forces in which 59 fighters were killed, a monitor said. Hezbollah has deployed thousands of fighters in Syria where Mustafa Badreddine had led its intervention in support of Assad’s forces, which are also backed by Russia and Iran.

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