A Palestinian man accused of being involved in the 2017 assassination attempt on a Palestinian Embassy security official in Sidon was arrested Friday, a security source said.
The source said that Mahmoud Hamad, who is allegedly a member of Ansar Allah, was arrested on suspicion of pushing one of the group’s members to assassinate Brig. Gen. Ismail Sharrouf, the Palestinian Embassy’s intelligence chief.
Sharrouf survived the attempt, which took place while he was entering the residence of retired Fatah Movement official, Brig. Gen. Youssef Diab, near Sidon’s Serail.
He was hospitalized after bullets struck his hand and grazed his skull.
The source added that Hamad was arrested based on confessions made by Mohammad Dib, another member of Ansar Allah, who had previously been arrested by the ISF’s Information Branch in the same case. Dib was arrested “a few days ago,” the source said, as he was attempting to enter Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp using a fake identity card.
Following the attempt, Sharrouf pointed fingers at Ansar Allah members, who lived in the same building as Diab. The group has denied the allegations. Ain al-Hilweh hosts around 100,000 Palestinian refugees and the camp is notorious for its instability and sheltering several hard-line groups. The assassination attempt came almost a month after Sidon was rocked by clashes between extremist and national Palestinian factions.
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