srael Eliminates a Senior Hamas Leader Saleh al-Arouri in a Lebanon Drone Strike


by Ifi Reporter Category:Government Jan 2, 2024

In a dramatic turn of events, Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy leader of the Hamas terrorist organization and key strategist, was confirmed to have been eliminated in a drone explosion in the Da'ha district of Beirut, Lebanon. The operation, reportedly carried out by Israel, targeted al-Arouri and two of his aides, Samir Pandi and Azzam al-Akra, resulting in their deaths.

Defense Minister Yoav Galant had issued a warning two months ago, stating that any attack in Lebanon would be a response to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah crossing a "red line." Al-Arouri, responsible for overseeing the military wing of Hamas in Judea and Samaria, was considered the highest-ranking Hamas official eliminated in recent decades.

The attacks occurred in both an apartment and a car, with the explosion centered around the Hamas offices in the Dahiya area of Beirut, claiming six lives in total. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati condemned the incident, labeling it a "new Israeli crime." Hezbollah, in explicit terms, threatened retaliation, asserting that the assassination of al-Arouri would not go unpunished.

Hezbollah member of parliament vowed, "We will respond," while the terrorist organization denounced the act as a "dangerous attack on Lebanon, its inhabitants, its security, its sovereignty, and its resistance."

In response, a large demonstration took place in Ramallah, and a general strike in Judea and Samaria is scheduled for tomorrow. Protests erupted across various Palestinian territories following the news of al-Arouri's assassination.

An advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to MSNBC, denied Israeli responsibility for the Beirut explosion, emphasizing that it was not aimed at the Lebanese government or Hezbollah. However, an American security official quoted by the Washington Post pointed the finger at Israel, attributing the assassination of Saleh al-Arouri to the country.

Global reactions poured in, with the spokesman for the Houthis, Muhammad Abdel Salam, condemning the "treacherous aggression against Lebanon" and expressing condolences to Hamas. Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ziad al-Nakhla mourned al-Arouri's loss, describing him as a respected and loyal leader of the Palestinian people. The Iranian leadership adviser warned of potential responses from resistance factions, urging Washington and its allies to be aware of the consequences.

The situation remains highly tense, with the international community closely watching for potential escalations in the region.



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