Hezbollah terrorist Samir Kuntar killed in reported Israeli Air Force strikes in Syria overnight

Infamous terrorist responsible for murder of Danny Haran and 4-year old daughter in ’79 who was released in Goldwasser-Regev exchange killed in reported Israeli strikes overnight; Reports claim Syrian rebels provided Israel with intel

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Syrian and Lebanese media have confirmed that the terrorist Samir Kuntar, who was responsible for murdering the father and daughter of the Haran family 36 years ago, was killed in a reported airstrike carried out by Israel overnight Saturday.

Hezbollah’s media reports claim that two Israeli Air Force jets carried out airstrikes with long-range missiles south of Damascus in Jaramana. The report additionally clamed that Syrian rebel forces against Assad’s regime provided Israel with intelligence of Kuntar’s location.

At the age of 16, Kuntar, along with three other terrorists from the Palestinian Liberation Front (PLO) infiltrated Israel via Jordan in 1979 by boat, killing Israeli police officer Eliyahu Shahar who attempted to thwart the attack. The terrorist broke into the house of the Haran family, kidnapping Danny Haran and his 4-year old daughter Einat. While under fire from Israeli police, Kuntar shot Danny Haran and then killed Einat by smashing her head with his weapon. Mrs. Haran hid with their second child, 2-year old Yael, who was killed accidentally from smothering while her mother tried to keep her from crying.

Kuntar was released after 30 years incarceration in Israel as part of a deal to return the bodies of kidnapped reserve soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. Kuntar became heavily involved and a senior figure for Hezbollah since his release, received and regarded as a hero.

The terrorist organization Hezbollah referred to Haran as a “martyr” and released the statement: At 10:15pm on Saturday December 19, Zionist warplanes struck a residential building in Jaramana city in Damascus countryside. The Dean of liberated detainees from Israeli prisons, brother Mujahid Samir Kuntar was martyred along with several Syrian citizens in the strike.

Israel refuses to comment on the incident consistent with its stance to not comment on Israeli covert operations in Syria. In July of 2015, Kuntar was reportedly targeted by Israeli drones in an assassination attempt.