On Wednesday, an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) drone blasted a Jeep carrying four Hezbollah members, among them a senior officer. The vehicle was reportedly shuttling arms from Syria into Lebanon. 

Initial reports were conflicting as the IDF first reported that some of the terrorists from Hezbollah were killed in the strike but then changed to state that although there were several injuries, no one was killed. Lebanese security officials claim that no one was injured in the strike. 

Arab News reports said that said the occupants of the car included a senior Hezbollah operative by the name of Imad Karimi.

Other reports stated that a vehicle was carrying four Hezbollah fighters just inside Syria about 200 meters from the customs stop near the Lebanese border. An Israeli drone that was monitoring the vehicle fired a missile at the Jeep and missed. That caused the four Hezbollah men, including the senior officer to flee, seconds before the second missile destroyed the vehicle.  

The Arab News spoke to an unnamed Lebanese security official who claimed to have witnessed the incident.

“The Israeli plane targeted the car near the Zabadani Bridge inside Syrian territory, but did not hit it,” he said. “It was again targeted near a pastry shop called Al-Haidari near the Jadida Yabus crossing. Those in the car jumped out of it before it was hit, and miraculously survived, because the car was burned and badly damaged.”

The Lebanese official said that Hezbollah has several bases and offices nearby, usually located in civilian areas. Hezbollah also has plenty of operatives in both Syria and over the border into Lebanon.