Iran and Hezbollah threatened Israel over the death of the senior Hamas official in Lebanon: “This crime will not go unanswered”

People take part in a protest against the assassination of senior Hamas official Saleh al-Arouri, in Jenin, West Bank (REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta) (RANEEN SAWAFTA/)

The Iranian authorities have expressed this Tuesday their strong condemnation of the attack in Lebanon in which the number two of the political arm of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has died. Saleh al Arouriand have blamed the Israeli Army for a death that, they say, “will further motivate the fight against Israel.”

“The martyr’s blood “It will definitely ignite once again the veins of resistance and motivation to fight against the Zionist occupier, not only in Palestine, but in the region and among all defenders of freedom around the world,” said the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry. , Nasser Kanaani.

Likewise, Kanaani has stressed that this offensive, about which Israel has not yet commented, occurs as a result of “the impotence and the harsh and irreparable” defeat of the Israeli troops “against the Palestinian resistance groups and the resilient Palestinian nation,” the Iranian agency reports IRNA.

Nasser Kanaani (Europa Press)
Nasser Kanaani (Europa Press) (Europa Press/Contact/Iranian Fo/)

On the other hand, the spokesman for Iranian diplomacy has expressed his condemnation for what he considers to be a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lebanon, supposedly by Israel, and has called on international organizations, especially the Council of United Nations Security, to provide an “immediate and effective” response to what happened.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Hezbollah assured that “This crime will not go away without response and punishment.”also stating that its combatants are on maximum alert to carry out reprisals.

“Almighty God concluded the career of this great leader with the highest medals of honor and dignity, and he obtained the martyrdom that he had long sought and longed for,” Hezbollah said of Arouri.

The terrorist group calls the alleged Israeli attack “a serious aggression against Lebanon, its people, its security and its sovereignty… and “a dangerous development in the course of the war between the enemy and the axis of the resistance.”

“The criminal enemy – who after ninety days of crime, murder and destruction was unable to subjugate Gaza – resorts to a policy of assassination… of… whoever planned, carried out or supported” the terrorist attack in Hamas of October 7, says Hezbollah, highlighting the alleged Israeli assassination of senior IRGC official Razi Mossavi in ​​Syria last week.

At least six people have died and several more have been injured after a drone attack on a Hamas office located in Mushrifiya, in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital. Among the fatalities is Al Aruri, considered number two in the political arm of the Islamist organization and one of the commanders of the brigades. Al Qassam.

FILE PHOTO: Head of Hamas delegation Saleh al-Arouri and Fatah leader Azzam Ahmad attend a reconciliation deal signing ceremony in Cairo, Egypt, October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo
Saleh al-Arouri (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo) (AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/)

In Lebanon since 2018, Al Arouri has been imprisoned in Israeli prisons for twelve years before being released in 2010. He is credited with several attacks against Israel from Lebanese soil. He has been one of the main intermediaries in the release of the hostages taken by Hamas on October 7.

For its part, A senior Hamas leader affirmed this Tuesday that the death of the movement’s number two will not stop the “resistance”.

“The cowardly murders committed by the Zionist occupier against the leaders and symbols of our Palestinian people inside and outside Palestine will not break the will or resilience of our people, nor hinder the continuation of their brave resistance,” declared Ezzat al Rishq. , a member of the Hamas political office, in a statement.

“Martyrdom of the vice president of the Hamas political bureau, Sheikh Saleh Al Arouri, in a Zionist attack in Beirut,” the group said in a statement released by Al-Aqsa TVits official channel, and other media.

According to Lebanese media, at the time of the attack “a meeting of Palestinian formations was taking place” in the building.

Following the bombing, the Lebanese prime minister condemned Arouri’s death, saying the attack “aims to drag Lebanon” further into the war between Israel and Hamas.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati condemned the explosion in Beirut’s southern suburbs that killed and injured many people“His office said in a statement.

(With information from EP and AFP)