Kuntar funeral: 'Israel has opened a new account'

Funeral procession for Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar begins amid vows from Hezbollah operatives that Israel will 'pay for' his death.

Cynthia Blank , | updated: 5:46 PM

Nazi salute at funeral of Hezbollah's Samir Kuntar
Nazi salute at funeral of Hezbollah's Samir Kuntar

The funeral procession of Lebanese arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar began Monday afternoon in Beirut a day after he was killed in a suspected Israeli airstrike in Damascus.

Hundreds of Hezbollah terrorists attended the procession in the Lebanese capital's Dahiya neighborhood. Numerous streets were blocked off as well in fear of an attack from Islamic State or Nusra Front.

The crowd chanted "Death to Israel! Death to America!" and waved the Palestinian, Lebanese and Hezbollah flags, as the coffin was carried to a mausoleum reserved for "martyrs."

Kuntar is notorious for the 1979 murder of three Israelis, including 31-year-old Danny Haran, and his four-year-old daughter.

He has become a figurehead for Hezbollah terrorism in Israel over the past several decades, and at the time of his death was serving as commander of operations for the terror group in the Syrian Golan.

As the funeral began, Amar al-Moussaoui, who head's Hezbollah's media department, declared "the Israeli enemy will pay for the assassination of Samir Kuntar."  

Senior Hezbollah official, Hashem Safeieddine, added during the funeral that "If the Israelis think by killing Samir Kuntar they have closed an account then they are very mistaken because they know and will come to know that they have instead opened several more."

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is expected to speak via satellite at 8:30 p.m. Monday evening following the funeral. 

Late on Sunday night, three rockets were fired into Israel from Lebanon; no injuries were reported. The Israeli Air Force struck terror targets in southern Lebanon in response.

Early Monday, a Palestinian terror group claimed responsibility for the attack. In addition to Hezbollah, several Palestinian terror groups have threatened a response to Kuntar's death.