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  • 22 Apr, 2024

The deputy head of the political bureau of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas was killed in an Israeli drone strike on the southern outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut.

Lebanon's Al Mayadeen TV reported that Saleh al-Arouri was killed on Tuesday in an explosion at a building in the Al Musharrafie district of southern Beirut. The television station, which reported that Aruri was killed in a "treacherous Zionist attack", said the explosion occurred after an Israeli drone bombarded the building with three missiles, killing six people and injuring others.

Hamas confirmed the martyrdom of Aruri, the head of the resistance movement's headquarters in the occupied West Bank, and besieged the Gaza Strip, praising him as the "architect" of Operation Al Aqsa Storm. Hamas vowed in a statement that the killing of the resistance movement leader "will not undermine the courageous resistance that continues in Gaza."

"This proves once again that the enemy cannot achieve any offensive objective in Gaza," said Izzat al-Rishiq, a member of Hamas' political bureau. The Israeli regime launched a devastating war against the Gaza Strip on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance group led by Hamas launched a surprise retaliatory attack against the occupation group in Gaza known as Operation Al-Aqsa Storm.

The Israeli military subsequently attacked Lebanese territory to support Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip, triggering retaliation from the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah. The movement vowed to continue its campaign of revenge until the regime continued its attacks on Gaza.

Israel's brutal military campaign against the Gaza Strip has killed more than 22,000 people, mostly women and children. At least 57,000 people were injured.

The regime has severely blocked Gaza's access to water, food, and energy sources.