Hezbollah's Mustafa Badreddine was killed by own men on Iran's orders

Both Iran and Hezbollah are backing Syrian government forces.

At the time of his death a year ago, Hezbollah said Badreddine had been killed by insurgent shelling in Syria.

The Israeli raids targeted Syrian army posts in the area, the reports said, in the fourth round of airstrikes attributed to Israel in Syria in less than a week.

Netanyahu also stated that he clarified to Putin during their meeting that Israel will continue to attack weapon convoys, which he stated just days prior to the attack conducted on the weapons convoy to Hezbollah.

This report is the fourth to emerge on Israeli strikes in Syria in the past week, including an attack on Sunday against a local militia commander and another against a Hezbollah weapons shipments over the weekend, to which the Syrian military responded by firing an anti-aircraft missile at the IAF aircraft.

The Lebanese-based Hezbollah is a sworn enemy of Israel, and has fought the state in a month-long war in 2006.

His predecessor, cousin and brother-in-law Imad Mughniyeh was killed in Damascus in a 2008 bombing that Hezbollah blamed on Israel.

However, Russia's foreign ministry on Monday acknowledged it had summoned Israel's ambassador over Friday's air strikes, which were close to Moscow's forces near the historic Syrian city of Palmyra.

A still image taken from a video uploaded on social media on March 20, 2017, shows fighters, said to be members of Ahrar Al Sham group, holding up their weapons and cheering, said to be in Damascus, Syria.

However, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday insisted that no such Russian demand had been made.

Netanyahu said that he had made clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel would continue to fly missions over Syrian airspace.

Badreddine was a cousin and brother-in-law of Imad Mughniyeh, who was the commander of Hezbollah's military wing until his assassination by auto bomb in Damascus in 2008 - reportedly the result of a joint operation by Israel's Mossad spy agency and the US Central Intelligence Agency. It centered on the southern Lebanese border with northern Israel, and the Golan Heights, a contested territory that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.

  • Wendy Palmer