In Beirut, an Israeli drone targeted a Hamas office in the southern suburbs, resulting in four casualties, including the demise of Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri.
Saleh al-Arouri, a pivotal figure in the armed wing of Hamas and a founding member, was among those who lost their lives in the attack.
The incident occurred near the Hadi Nasrallah highway, close to a road junction, with an explosion reported by Hezbollah’s Manar television station, an armed Lebanese group with a stronghold in the region. No specific details about the explosion were provided.
Observers on the ground suggested that the explosion may have been caused by a drone striking the second floor of a building in the densely populated neighborhood.
The incident comes a day before a scheduled speech by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
Hezbollah, having an alliance with the Palestinian group Hamas, has been engaged in almost daily skirmishes with Israel along Lebanon’s southern border since the onset of the Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza in early October.
The ongoing hostilities have resulted in Israeli air strikes and shelling, leading to the loss of over 100 Hezbollah fighters and nearly two dozen civilians, including children, the elderly, and several journalists, according to information from Hezbollah and security sources.