Israeli Strike Kills Senior Hamas Leader In Lebanon

Three Hamas leaders, including founding member Saleh al-Arouri, were killed by an Israeli drone strike in Lebanon on Tuesday. This came as the Jewish state continued its massive retaliation for the terrorist group’s unprovoked slaughter of innocents on Oct. 7.

Arouri not only helped establish the West Bank armed division of Hamas, but he financed the criminal organization.

According to the Counter Extremism Project, he was designated as a terrorist by the U.S. government. A bounty of $5 million was placed on Arouri for information leading to his apprehension in 2018.

The terrorist leader served as a spokesman for Hamas. After the murder of over 1,200 Israelis in the Oct. 7 attack, he declared five days later that Hamas did not kill any civilians. Rather, he laid the blame for any deaths at the feet of Gaza citizens.

Also killed were a pair of brigade commanders, Samir Findi Abu Amer and Azzam Al-Aqraa Abu Ammar, according to Reuters.

The Times of Israel reported the successful strike hit an apartment in Beirut. Israeli officials refused to comment on the blast, but anonymous American officials told the New York Times and Washington Post that Tel Aviv carried it out.

The explosion sparked by the drone rattled Beirut’s southern suburbs, which are known to be a Hezbollah hotspot. The group is a close ally with Hamas terrorists.

Hamas confirmed that seven people died in the strike on the apartment.

Israel pledged to eradicate the terror organization’s leadership after more than 1,200 citizens died and over 240 were kidnapped in the unprecedented October atrocity. The possibility of escalation of the Middle East conflict apparently did not deter Israeli forces.

Hezbollah considered itself somewhat safe hiding out in Lebanon’s capital city. The group promised retaliation if it were attacked there, and leader Hassan Nasrallah was reportedly scheduled to meet with the now-deceased Arouri on Wednesday.

Israel brushed any threats aside and once again targeted those on top of the terrorist group for elimination.

Before Tuesday’s strike there had already been smaller clashes at the border of Israel and Lebanon, and many worry that a larger war could emerge.