Saleh Al-Arouri: Fears of expanding the scope of the Israeli war on Gaza after the assassination of one of the most prominent Hamas leaders

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Reports say that a drone was used to carry out the attack in the Lebanese capital, Beirut

The shadows that have stretched across the Middle East and beyond since the beginning of the war between Israel and Gaza are now longer and darker with the killing of prominent Hamas leader Saleh Al-Arouri in Lebanon.

Al-Arouri, deputy head of the Hamas political bureau, was killed in a drone strike south of Beirut. Al-Arouri was a key figure in the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, and a close ally of Ismail Haniyeh, the movement’s leader. In Lebanon, he served as a link between his group and Hezbollah.

Even before the outbreak of the October 7 war, Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned that any targeted attack on Lebanese territory would lead to a “strong response.”

But Hezbollah and its Iranian allies realize that the form of their response now, in the midst of raging hostilities, may change the shape of this war and the fate of Hezbollah.

The post first appeared on www.bbc.com

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