Israeli drone kills four Hamas members, including military wing founder, at Beirut office as Netanyahu fulfills vow

Israeli drone kills four Hamas members, including military wing founder, at Beirut office as Netanyahu fulfills vow

Breaking News: Israeli Drone Strike Targets Hamas Office in Beirut

In a recent development, an Israeli drone strike has targeted Hamas’ office in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon.

The attack resulted in the tragic death of four individuals, including Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy political leader of the terror group.

The incident took place in Dahiyeh, a region known to be a stronghold of the Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Aftermath Captured on Video

Video footage captured after the strike depicts a scene of chaos, with a large fire burning on a nearby street covered in dust and rubble.

Sirens can be heard wailing, and the aftermath reveals broken car windows. Distressed parents are seen tightly holding their children as they navigate the destruction in the suburb.

Uncertain Toll and Unclaimed Responsibility

As of now, the exact death toll and the number of people injured remain unknown.

No group or individual has officially claimed responsibility for the attack.

However, sources suggest that Saleh al-Arouri, a significant Hamas official and a founder of the group’s military wing, was among those killed.

Netanyahu’s Directive and al-Arouri’s Background

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously announced in a November press conference that he had instructed the Mossad to take action against the leaders of Hamas.

This directive followed the terror group’s incursion on October 7, resulting in a substantial number of casualties, primarily civilians.

Al-Arouri, aged 57, served as the deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau and was considered the de facto leader of the organization’s military wing.

He had been involved in planning and executing various attacks, including the 2014 kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers.

Escalation of Tensions in the Region

The drone strike in Beirut occurred amid more than two months of intense exchanges of fire between Israeli troops and Hezbollah along Lebanon’s southern border.

Clashes and attacks have displaced tens of thousands of people, challenging previous assertions from Israel that it did not seek war with its neighbor.

Recent statements from Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Minister for Defense Yoav Gallant, had hinted at a possible escalation of tensions with Hezbollah.

Ongoing Situation and Further Updates

Earlier in the day, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for several attacks along the Lebanon-Israel border, targeting Israeli military posts.

The situation in the region remains fluid, and further updates on the aftermath of the drone strike and the overall conflict are expected.

This is a developing story, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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