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Funeral Held For Senior Hizballah Militant Killed In Air Strike

Members of the Lebanese Shi'ite militant group Hizballah on December 21 attended the funeral of a senior militant, Samir Kantar, who was killed in an apparent air strike near the Syrian capital, Damascus, a day earlier. Hizballah leaders blamed Israel for carrying out the strike, in which eight other people died. Kantar had served nearly 30 years in an Israeli prison for killing an Israeli man and his 4-year-old daughter in 1979, but was released in 2008 in a prisoner swap. In the wake of Kantar's death, Israel and Lebanon briefly traded fire. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)