- The latest: Just after 10 p.m. Norwegian time, the military group said it carried out a targeted missile attack against a group of Israeli soldiers in the Al-Marj area in northern Israel.
On Tuesday afternoon, several media outlets reported that an explosion had occurred in the suburb of Beirut. The Hamas office is said to have been bombed.
Numerous videos and photos posted on social media show people gathering outside a building that sustained extensive damage.
Israel holds responsibility for the attack, but says itself that it is not behind it.
Six people are said to have been killed, Lebanese Radio wrote. Among them, at least three of them must belong to Hamas, according to the movement itself.
The Lebanese military group Hezbollah, an ally of Hamas, is stationed in the area.
They say Israel will be punished for the attack.
They say they consider the drone attack a dangerous attack on Lebanon, and a dangerous development in the war between Israel and Hamas.
Hezbollah and Israel have been firing rockets at each other on a regular basis since the war between Israel and Hamas began in October.
Hamas tops the list of those killed
NRK has learned that one of the killed Hamas leaders was Saleh Al-Arouri. Hamas itself confirms this via Telegram.
Al-Arouri was deputy head of Hamas Politburo He is considered one of Hamas's senior military strategists.
In addition, he is known as one of the founders of the group's military wing, called Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Since 2015, he has been included on the US terrorist list. The United States offered a reward of five million dollars to anyone who provides information about his whereabouts.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says that the killing of the Hamas leader is “a terrorist attack, a violation of Lebanon's sovereignty, and an extension of Israeli hostility against the Palestinians.”
In addition to Al-Arouri, two Qassam Brigades commanders were said to have been killed.
The Israeli newspaper reported that negotiations between Hamas and Israel stopped due to the killing of Al-Arouri Haaretz.
It is said that the newspaper received the information from Arab diplomatic sources participating in the negotiations between the two parties. The negotiations are led by Egypt and Qatar.
The sources told the newspaper that the only thing they are talking about now is preventing escalation, especially in northern Israel.
Israel borders Lebanon to the north.
Condemns the attack
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Azmi Mikati condemned the attack and described it as a “new Israeli crime.”
Lebanon complained about the attack to the United Nations Security Council
The Israeli military told Reuters that it does not comment on foreign media reports.
Mark Regev, an advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in an interview with the American television channel MSNBC, that Israel does not bear responsibility for the attack.
– But regardless of who did it, it should be clear: this was not an attack on the state of Lebanon. Regev said that whoever did this carried out a surgical attack on the Hamas leadership.
But in the past, the Israeli army said it would eliminate the entire Hamas leadership. And also the political wing.
– IDF spokesman Richard Hecht said in October that we are focusing on eliminating the entire senior management, not just the army, but even Sinwar.
He was referring to Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.
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