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Deputy Hamas head killed in Lebanon

Deputy Hamas head killed in Lebanon Photo: Saleh al-Arouri dies in an explosion south of Beirut (Getty Images)

Deputy leader of Hamas, Saleh al-Arouri, was killed in an explosion south of the Lebanese capital Beirut, reports BBC.

It is stated that Hamas militants confirmed his death.

According to Lebanese state media, the explosion occurred near the Hamas office in Dahieh, a suburb of the Lebanese capital.

At the same time, it was also reported that four people had died as a result of the explosion.

Saleh al-Arouri

A senior leader recognized by several countries of the terrorist organization Hamas and one of the founding commanders of its military wing (Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades).

As of 2023, he was also the deputy head of Hamas' political bureau and the military commander of Hamas in the West Bank, although he lived in Lebanon. He was also a recruiter and actively participated in fundraising on behalf of Hamas.

Al-Arouri has been in Israeli prisons several times, and in 2010, he was exchanged as part of the release of over a thousand Palestinians for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Elimination of Hamas militants

The Israel Defense Forces announced that they had eliminated the commander of an elite Hamas force in the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip during a nighttime airstrike.

In December, the IDF also eliminated two high-ranking officials of the Hamas intelligence unit. One of them was responsible for the October 7 attacks.