Report: Lebanon Bombing Was Attempted Hit on Hezbollah Chief

Kuwaiti newspaper says last Friday's explosion in southern Beirut was an attempt to assassinate Hassan Nasrallah; Hezbollah leaders say blast was result of technical problem.

Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

The Lebanon bombing in southern Beirut last Friday was an attempted assassination of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Tuesday.

The report claimed that Israel had received information that Nasrallah was to meet senior Hezbollah officials in Beirut's southern suburbs on Friday, among them Samir Kuntar – a Lebanese terrorist freed in a Hezbollah-Israel prisoner swap.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaks via a video link during a rally in Beirut on Feb. 16, 2011. Credit: AP

The report said that there are no known details testifying that Nasrallah was hurt in the explosion, but it is known that several Hezbollah members were wounded. It is believed that the blast hurt Mustafa Badr al-Din, the main suspect in the murder of Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and one of the successors of Hezbollah's late military leader Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated in 2008.

Various rumors were circulated in Lebanon regarding the explosion, and Hezbollah issued an official announcement claiming the blast was a result of a technical problem with a gas tank, and that there were no casualties. However, Hezbollah forces closed off the scene and did not allow Lebanese police or army forces to enter – a move which raised suspicions that the explosion was a more significant event than Hezbollah leaders let on.

Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siasa reported on Tuesday that Hezbollah has arrested more than 50 members of the organization on suspicion they were involved in the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh and for backing opposition movements in Iran and Syria. The report quotes foreign diplomats saying that there are feelings of uncertainty in Hezbollah since the assassination of Mughniyeh, and in particular due to the recent instability in Syria and Iran.



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN


בנימין נתניהו השקת ספר

Netanyahu’s Israel Is About to Slam the Door on the Diaspora

עדי שטרן

Head of Israel’s Top Art Academy Leads a Quiet Revolution

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

Skyscrapers in Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv.

Israel May Have Caught the Worst American Disease, New Research Shows

ג'אמיל דקוור

Why the Head of ACLU’s Human Rights Program Has Regrets About Emigrating From Israel


Netanyahu’s Election Win Dealt a Grievous Blow to Judaism