Israel bombed the capital of Lebanon and killed one of the Hamas leaders

The number two of Hamas, Saleh Al Arouridied this Tuesday, January 2, in a bombing Israel in the south of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, as confirmed by both the Palestinian Islamist movement and two Lebanese security officials.

It was about the first time since the start of the war in Gaza that Israel bombed the Lebanese capital. Clashes between the Israeli army and Lebanese Hezbollah, an ally of Hamas, had until now been limited to border areas in southern Lebanon.

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Saleh Al Arouri was killed along with his bodyguards in an Israeli drone attack on Dahiyeh, in the suburbs of Beirut, against the office of Hamas, a stronghold of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement.

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According to international agencies such as AFP and Reuters, Arouri was a senior member of the Hamas politburo and was one of the founders of its military wing, the Qassam Brigades, which carried out the attack on Israeli territory on October 7. Even The United States had offered $5 million last year for information about him.

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A photographer from AFP saw how two floors of the building flew into the air. Ambulances quickly rushed to the area. Later, Hamas confirmed that his number two had been “killed” in an Israeli bombing in Beirut, according to an announcement broadcast by the media of the Palestinian group, in power in the Gaza Strip.

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Another Reuters witness in Dahiyeh saw firefighters and paramedics gathered around a multi-story building with a gaping hole in what appeared to be the third floor. Parts of dismembered bodies could be seen on the side of the road..

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Hamas and Lebanon condemned the bombing

For his part, Izzat al-Sharq, a Hamas politburo member, said it was a “cowardly murder.” The Israeli drone hit a Hamas office in Dahiyeh in an attack that left at least six deadreported the Lebanese state news agency.

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“Martyrdom of the vice president of the Hamas political bureau, Sheikh Saleh Al Arouri, in a Zionist attack in Beirut,” the group said in a statement broadcast by Al-Aqsa TV, its official channel, and other media.

The interim prime minister of Lebanon, Najib Mikati condemned the explosion as a “new Israeli crime” and said that It was an attempt to drag Lebanon into war.

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Likewise, in response to the questions of Reuters, The Israeli Army said it does not respond to reports from foreign media.

Dahiyeh is a stronghold of the powerful armed group Hezbollah, an ally of Hamas. Hezbollah has been exchanging almost daily fire with Israel across Lebanon’s southern border since the outbreak of hostilities between Hamas and the Israeli military in October.

Saleh Al Arouri, accused by Israel of masterminding multiple attacks, was elected deputy to the head of Hamas’ political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, in 2017. After being imprisoned by Israel for nearly 20 years, he was released in 2010 on condition of exile. .

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