Israel has claimed responsibility for the killing of Hezbollah leader Wissam Tawil

(CNN) – Israel is responsible for the killing of Wissam Tawil, a senior leader in the Lebanese Hezbollah group, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said in an interview with Israel's Channel 14 on Monday.

A Lebanese security source confirmed to CNN that Tawil, a senior commander of Hezbollah's Radwan Brigade, was killed in an Israeli drone strike on his car in southern Lebanon.

Katz said in the interview: “Regarding the strike in southern Lebanon, we are responsible, it is part of our war,” and added: “We are targeting Hezbollah elements and infrastructure and systems. To deter Israel.”

He continued: “We are making them pay the price. We did not set our goal to defeat 150,000 missiles. We set a goal to restore security to the residents of the north and south and to the State of Israel.”

The Israeli foreign minister also reiterated that his country was not responsible for last week's explosion in south Beirut that killed Saleh al-Aruri, deputy head of the Hamas political bureau.

Notably, Hezbollah issued a statement, which was reported by the Lebanese National News Agency and the party's “Al-Manar” channel, in which it said: “With great pride and respect, the Islamic resistance mourns the martyr Mujahid. Commander Wissam Hassan Tawil (Hajj) from Khirbet Salam city in southern Lebanon. Jawad) rose as a martyr on the road to Jerusalem,” the statement said.

Earlier, on Monday, the Israeli military spokesman, Aviche Atrey, in a post on his Twitter account at the “X” site, previously said, “Israeli warplanes raided the terrorist infrastructure of Hezbollah inside Lebanon, apart from the military bases, the organization's saboteurs terrorist, a short time ago, in southern Lebanon. Anti-armor shelling was fired at the town of Kiryat Shmona, where forces retaliated towards the areas.

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