2 January 2024

Lebanese officials reported that an Israeli strikes had killed a senior Hamas official and five others in a Beirut suburb. Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister characterised the attack as “a new Israeli crime aimed at inevitably dragging Lebanon into a new phase of confrontation”, while Hizbollah pledged retaliation. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson also condemned the strike. An Israeli spokesperson indicated that “whoever did this, it’s not an attack on the Lebanese state. It’s not an attack on the Hizbollah terrorist organisation. Whoever did this, it’s an attack on Hamas”.

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