A Lebanese newspaper reported on Thursday that Hezbollah blames Israel for the
assassination of Hassan al-Laqqis and will respond.
editor-in-chief of the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar, which tends to support the
“axis of resistance” of Hezbollah, Iran and Syria, stated in an article titled
“Hezbollah will respond” that all signs point to Israel for the
“All indications are that Israel was behind the
assassination, with a slim possibility that another party was involved. That’s
why it did not take long for Hezbollah – based on its long experience with the
Israelis – to point the finger at Tel Aviv, even though the occupation’s Foreign
Ministry was quick to deny its involvement,” Amin wrote.
He said that the
assassination could be seen as an Israeli response to the Iranian nuclear deal
made with the West that it was not happy with, and that because of the deal,
Israel could not attack an Iranian target, such as a nuclear
Amin suggested that Israel wanted to send a message to the
West – that it would remain independent and maintain its deterrence against its
Hassan al-Laqqis, who is believed to have commanded Hezbollah
troops fighting in Syria’s civil war, was shot in the head from close range
outside his home in the Hadath district of the Lebanese capital in a killing
that the Shi’ite group immediately blamed on Israel.
A previously unknown
group, Ahrar al-Sunna Baalbek Brigade, claimed responsibility for the
Amin said it was possible that Israel calculated that Hezbollah,
like Syria, was not in a position to respond to Israeli aggression at the moment
because of its involvement in a “wider war at this time.”
wrote, “there are indications that Israel may have miscalculated” and a response
would not be long in coming.
Another report in the same newspaper said
that the in the light of several previous assassination attempts against Laqqis,
there was “no doubt that this is a Mossad operation, no matter who carried it
The report left open the option that a Sunni radical group
could have carried out the attack with cooperation from Israel.
the identity of the target proves conclusively that the mastermind is Israel,”
The report further described how the attack was supposedly
Around midnight on Wednesday, a guard at the Shaheen
residential complex, located southeast of Beirut, woke up after hearing noise.
When he went to check what happened, he saw Laqqis sitting in his car covered in
Another neighbor, from his balcony, saw two men running away. Soon
afterwards, Hezbollah men arrived at the scene.
The attackers fired five
shots, with one missing.
Tapes from the security cameras are being
analyzed, with one located right where the victim’s car was
“Israel has not carried out assassinations this bold and direct
before,” the report said, as most assassinations were carried out with car bombs
or on a route taken regularly by the target.
The Lebanese newspaper
as-Safir reported that Laqqis travelled alone, without security, whether in
Beirut or in Baalbek.