Hezbollah accuses Israel of Sidon bombing

"The bomb that targeted a Hamas member in Sidon is a dangerous beginning and it is not possible to be silent about it."

By REUTERS
January 19, 2018 17:52
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Hezbollah accuses Israel of Sidon bombing

Lebanese policemen are seen next to a damaged car in Sidon, southern Lebanon. (REUTERS/Ali Hashisho). (photo credit: REUTERS/ALI HASHISHO)

BEIRUT - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah on Friday accused Israel of a bomb attack that wounded a member of the Palestinian group Hamas in the Lebanese city of Sidon, calling it an act of aggression.

The Israeli military said it does not comment on foreign reports.

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The bomb blast injured the Hamas member on Sunday, destroying his car as he was about to get in.

"The bomb that targeted a Hamas member in Sidon is a dangerous beginning and it is not possible to be silent about it," said Nasrallah, leader of the Iran-backed Shi'ite Hezbollah.

In a televised address, he said "all indications" pointed to Israel.

The target, Mohamed Hamdan, was not a publicly known Hamas figure in Lebanon. A statement from Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, confirmed he was a member of the group, without detailing his role.

Al-Manar television, run by the Lebanese political and military group Hezbollah, described Hamdan as an important figure in Hamas, adding that he appeared to have a security role and was being tracked by Israel.

A leader of the Palestinian Fatah movement in Lebanon said Hamdan was involved in operations in Israel. "The incident has Israeli fingerprints," Mounir al-Maqdah, the Fatah official, told Reuters.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz had told Army Radio earlier this week that "if Israel had been involved, it would not have ended with a lightly wounded."






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