Major General Qasem Soleimani, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard visited Lebanon only 24 hours after the party commemorated its fallen fighters and met directly with Hezbollah Chief Hasan Nasrallah alongside other senior party officials, As-Safir said Friday.
Soleimani is thought to have been the mentor of Jihad Mughniyeh, son of late top commander Imad Mughniyeh, who was among the six Hezbollah fighters killed in the attack. Several photos of the two together were circulated shortly after Mughniyeh’s death.
Revolutionary Guard Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was also killed in the attack.
After his meeting with Nasrallah, Soleimani visited Mughniyeh’s residence, where he offered condolences to the fallen fighter’s grandfather and relatives.
At midnight, the senior commander visited Rawdat al-Shahidayn cemetery in Beirut’s southern suburbs and laid wreaths at the graves of Jihad and Imad Mughniyeh before heading back to Tehran the same night.
In photos published in the media, Soleimani is seen kneeling at Jihad Mughniyeh’s grave and reading the Quran.