World

Lebanese Hezbollah gears for fighter's funeral as Iran condemns Israeli airstrike in Golan

  • FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2008, file photo, Hezbollah Deputy Leader Sheikh Naim Kassem, left, greats Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of slain top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, during a rally to commemorate Imad and two other leaders Abbas Musawi and Ragheb Harb in the Shiite suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. A Hezbollah official said Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, that an Israeli strike in the Syrian Golan Heights killed Jihad Mughniyeh and four other fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2008, file photo, Hezbollah Deputy Leader Sheikh Naim Kassem, left, greats Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of slain top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, during a rally to commemorate Imad and two other leaders Abbas Musawi and Ragheb Harb in the Shiite suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. A Hezbollah official said Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, that an Israeli strike in the Syrian Golan Heights killed Jihad Mughniyeh and four other fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade march during training in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, near Israel-Syria border, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The Lebanese militant Hezbollah on Monday prepared to bury six core fighters killed in Syria the day before in what the group described as an Israeli airstrike, including the son of a slain Hezbollah military chief — the group's most prominent figure to die so far in the conflict next door. Although Israel did not confirm or deny the strike, it was a serious blow to Hezbollah, stretched thin and neck-deep in Syria's civil war where the group's Shiite fighters are battling alongside President Bashar Assad's forces. Tehran has confirmed that an Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was among the seven killed. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade march during training in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, near Israel-Syria border, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The Lebanese militant Hezbollah on Monday prepared to bury six core fighters killed in Syria the day before in what the group described as an Israeli airstrike, including the son of a slain Hezbollah military chief — the group's most prominent figure to die so far in the conflict next door. Although Israel did not confirm or deny the strike, it was a serious blow to Hezbollah, stretched thin and neck-deep in Syria's civil war where the group's Shiite fighters are battling alongside President Bashar Assad's forces. Tehran has confirmed that an Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was among the seven killed. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade trains in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, near Israel-Syria border, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The Lebanese militant Hezbollah on Monday prepared to bury six core fighters killed in Syria the day before in what the group described as an Israeli airstrike, including the son of a slain Hezbollah military chief — the group's most prominent figure to die so far in the conflict next door. Although Israel did not confirm or deny the strike, it was a serious blow to Hezbollah, stretched thin and neck-deep in Syria's civil war where the group's Shiite fighters are battling alongside President Bashar Assad's forces. Tehran has confirmed that an Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was among the seven killed. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    An Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade trains in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, near Israel-Syria border, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The Lebanese militant Hezbollah on Monday prepared to bury six core fighters killed in Syria the day before in what the group described as an Israeli airstrike, including the son of a slain Hezbollah military chief — the group's most prominent figure to die so far in the conflict next door. Although Israel did not confirm or deny the strike, it was a serious blow to Hezbollah, stretched thin and neck-deep in Syria's civil war where the group's Shiite fighters are battling alongside President Bashar Assad's forces. Tehran has confirmed that an Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was among the seven killed. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

The Lebanese Hezbollah group is gearing up for the funeral of a senior fighter killed in Syria as ally Iran condemned the Israeli airstrike that killed him and five other fighters.

The burial ceremony for Jihad Mughniyeh — the son of Imad Mughniyeh, a top Hezbollah operative assassinated in 2008 in Damascus — was to take place on Monday afternoon in southern Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold.

He is the most prominent Hezbollah figure killed in Syria since the Shiite militant group joined the conflict in 2012, fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces against the Sunni-led rebellion.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he "vigorously condemns" the Israeli strike that killed the younger Mughniyeh on Sunday. Zarif says the strike was no surprise, describing it as "state terrorism" by Israel.