A  senior Hezbollah operative was killed on Thursday in an Israeli drone strike in Syria, according to Arab media reports.

The official was named as Imad at-Tawil.

The Jordan-based Al-Hadath news outlet reported that Tawil was in charge of creating an Iranian-backed terrorist network on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, presumably in order to make that area a theater of operations against Israel.

Hezbollah has been involved in the Syrian civil war for the past several years. Israel has warned Hezbollah it will not let the Shi’ite terrorist group build bases and networks in Syria that could be used as a staging ground for attacks against Israel.

According to the U.K.-based monitor group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at-Tawil was killed when his car was hit from the air. Russian media said witnesses on the ground reported intense activity by Israeli aircraft nearby.

Earlier this week, the Israel Air Force hit targets associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization near Damascus. The PIJ said two of its operatives were killed in the strike.

This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.

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