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Zionist terrorists assassinate Hamas leader in Beirut

Crescent International

In this file photo, Saleh Al-Arouri, deputy head of Hamas's Political Bureau, is seen with Yahya Sinwar, the architect of Hamas's brilliant military operation against zionist Israel

Zionist terrorists carried out another heinous crime earlier today (January 2).

Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy head of Hamas Political Bureau was assassinated in an Israeli drone strike in Beirut.

Five other people in the vehicle with him were also martyred.

Two of them belonged to the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigade, of which al-Arouri was one of the founders.

Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV later reported the names of the two commanders.

They were Samir Findi Abu Amer and Azzam Al-Aqraa Abu Ammar.

Both the location and date of al-Arouri’s assassination are important.

By carrying out the strike in the Dehiyeh neighbourhood of Beirut, a Hizbullah stronghold, zionist Israel has crossed a red line.

It will have serious consequences.

By choosing to carry out this heinous crime on January 2, a day before the martyrdom of General Qassem Solaimani in 2020, indicated that the zionists had planned it well in advance.

It also follows the assassination of General Razi Mousavi of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on December 25 in the Seyyeda Zainab neighbourhood of Damascus.

To the ill-informed, it may appear as if the zionists are able to carry out strikes and assassinations at will.

These are signs of zionist desperation.

They have completely failed in achieving any of their military or political objectives in Gaza.

They had set out to destroy Hamas.

Instead, the zionists have suffered massive military losses.

Their much-vaunted Golani Brigade had to be pulled out of Gaza because it was decimated in several encounters with al-Qassam Brigade fighters.

Hizbullah has vowed that the zionist attack on Beirut “will not pass without punishment”.

Not surprisingly, senior Hamas officials also condemned the latest zionist crime in the strongest terms and vowed to avenge his assassination.

Senior Hamas official Izzat al-Rishq said today that the assassination of Saleh al-Arouri once again demonstrated the disgraceful failure of the zionist enemy in achieving any of its objectives in its brutal war on the Palestinian enclave.

“Such cowardly assassinations by the zionist regime against the leaders and symbols of the Palestinian people inside and outside of Palestine will not succeed in breaking the will and steadfastness of our nation and stopping their brave resistance,” al-Rishq emphasized.

The Popular Resistance Committees, a coalition of armed Palestinian resistance groups, also vowed to “avenge the blood” of the senior Hamas official.

Hamas froze discussions about a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip or a possible hostage deal with Israel, according to a Palestinian source today (January 2), Anadolu Agency reported.

“Hamas told mediators about its decision to freeze all discussions about a Gaza ceasefire or hostage swap with Israel.”

This will increase pressure on Benjamin Netanyahu, the terrorist prime minister of Israel who is inundated with demands from the family members of Israeli prisoners being held by Hamas.

There have been massive demonstrations outside his office demanding a deal to secure their release.

Netanyahu knows that in order to get the Israeli prisoners released, he will have to agree to a ceasefire.

That would mean acceptance of defeat.

Further, since he faces multiple charges of fraud and tax evasion, he will end up in jail.

He is delaying that day as much as possible by carrying out the genocide of innocent Palestinian civilians and criminal acts of assassinations.

Netanyahu and his generals are also facing charges in the International Court of Justice as well as the International Criminal Court.

He is trying to run away from these but justice may catch up with him sooner rather than later.

His attempts to widen the conflict by forcing others into it is part of his ploy to escape responsibility for failure in Gaza.

He may get his wish but it would prove a nail in his own coffin.

The sooner the racist entity of zionism is consigned to the dustbin of history, the better it will be for the region and the wider world.

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