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.
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."