Escalating Middle East Conflict: Senior Hamas Leader Killed in Drone Strike

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Drone Strike Targets Hamas Deputy Chief

Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy chief of Hamas and a key figure in its military wing, was killed in a drone strike in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a Hezbollah stronghold.

Al-Arouri, known for his role in the Qassam Brigades and involvement in a deadly assault on Israeli territory, was targeted during a meeting at a Hamas office near Hezbollah’s headquarters.

The strike, which, according to Reuters, resulted in six casualties, has not been claimed by Israel, although it coincides with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s directive to Mossad to eliminate Hamas leaders globally.

Regional Repercussions and International Response

The attack has intensified tensions in the Middle East, with Hezbollah, backed by Iran, potentially planning retaliation against Israel.

Hezbollah has exchanged fire with Israel across Lebanon’s southern frontier since Hamas’s attack on October 7. Israeli airstrikes and shelling have led to significant casualties, including over 100 Hezbollah fighters.

In contrast, Israel suffered substantial losses from the same Hamas attack. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati denounced the strike as an Israeli crime, fearing Lebanon being dragged into the Gaza war.

The killing has sparked calls for revenge in Ramallah and condemnation from Islamic Jihad and the Houthi movement.

The incident marks a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict, with potential implications for broader regional stability. The situation remains tense, with the international community closely monitoring developments.

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