Hamas deputy leader, Saleh al-Arouri, has been killed in an attack on Hamas office in Beirut.
Hamas’ Al Aqsa Radio and Lebanon’s pro-Iranian Mayadeen TV have confirmed that al-Arouri, a member of the Palestinian movement’s politburo based abroad, and a co-founder of Hamas’ military wing, the Qassam Brigades, was killed yesterday when a drone struck a Hamas office in south Beirut.
The attack also killed six people in the city’s southern suburb of Daliyeh.
Lebanon’s heavily armed Hezbollah group, a Hamas ally, has been exchanging almost-daily fire with Israel across Lebanon’s southern border since the attacks on Gaza erupted in early October.
Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister, Najib Mikati, said the attack was an attempt to pull Lebanon into war, and he condemned the drone blast and called it a “new Israeli crime”.