Saleh al-Arouri, a senior Hamas leader, was killed in a drone attack in a Beirut suburb, an action confirmed by Hamas. Although Israel has not officially claimed responsibility, Israeli and U.S. officials alluded that Israel orchestrated the strike. The incident is seen as a significant blow to Hamas and raises concerns about potential retaliation from the Lebanese Hezbollah group.
– The drone attack targeted a Hamas office in Beirut, killing al-Arouri and other members of Hamas.
– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously directed Mossad to target Hamas leaders globally.
– Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah had warned of a strong response to any Israeli attempts to kill Hamas leaders in Beirut.
In response to the attack, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh condemned it as a “blatant crime” and a violation of Lebanese sovereignty. The attack has heightened tensions in the region, with expectations of significant retaliation from Hezbollah, possibly involving long-range missile attacks on Israel.