Hundreds mourn Hamas deputy leader at Beirut funeral


”THEY HAVE FAILED”

In a pre-recorded speech broadcast at the funeral, the Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh, said: “The enemy thinks that with the assassination of Saleh al-Aruri, it can defeat the resistance and impose its conditions.

“But it has failed, and it will never be able to force Hamas to abandon its demands, its vision and its strategy,” he said from his base in Qatar.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel in a speech on Wednesday against starting a war in Lebanon, vowing that his group would fight back without restraint.

Several Hamas figures in exile reside in Lebanon, under the protection of Hezbollah. 

Israel vowed to “destroy” Hamas after the unprecedented attack on Oct 7, which left around 1,140 dead in Israel, according to an AFP count based on official figures.

The Israeli offensive on Gaza has killed 22,438 people, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory.

Since the war began, there have been near-daily exchanges of fire between Israel and Hezbollah in the border area.

Tuesday’s strike that killed Aruri was the first on the Lebanese capital since hostilities began.



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