Hezbollah official "assassinated" near Beirut, Israel blamed
The militant Shiite group Hezbollah on Tuesday said that one of its leaders had been "assassinated" near Beirut. The group accused Israel of being behind the death (AFP/File)
Hezbollah on Wednesday said one of its leaders had been assassinated near Beirut and accused Israel, the Lebanese Shiite movement’s arch-foe, of being behind the killing.
“The Islamic resistance announces the death of one of its leaders, the martyr Hassan al-Laqqis, who was assassinated near his house in the Hadath region” east of Beirut, Hezbollah television channel al-Manar said.
The group said in a statement that Laqqis was killed at around midnight in the Hadath district of the Lebanese capital. It gave no detail of the operation but said “the accusation is directed at the enemy, Israel.”
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