Hezbollah: Israel Behind Lebanon Car Bombing That Targeted Hamas Official

The group's leader, Nasrallah, calls the attack 'a dangerous beginning'

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Residents look at a car that was destroyed in a bombing, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan 14, 2018.
Residents look at a car that was destroyed in a bombing, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan 14, 2018.Credit: Mohammed Zaatari/AP

The leader of the Lebanese group Hezbollah on Friday accused Israel of carrying out a bomb attack earlier in the week that wounded a member of the Palestinian group Hamas in the Lebanese city of Sidon and called it an act of aggression.

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"The bomb that targeted a Hamas member in Sidon is a dangerous beginning and it is not possible to be silent about it," Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address. He said "all indications" pointed to Israel.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz had told Army Radio earlier this week that "if Israel had been involved, it would not have ended with a lightly wounded".

Local media said the person wounded by the bomb was Mohammed Hamdan, initially reporting that he was the brother of Osama Hamdan, the head of the Hamas' international relations and a member of the political bureau. However, Hamas has denied that he is Osama Hamdan's brother.

The blast destroyed Hamdan's silver BMW and sent a column of smoke into the sky over Sidon, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Beirut, television footage from the scene broadcast by Lebanese television stations showed.

A Lebanese security official said the bomb was placed under the car seat. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The official Lebanon News Agency said the explosion went off as Hamdan was getting into the car.

Lebanese media reported that a drone was flying over Sidon at the time of the explosion.

Sidon is home to two of Lebanon's 12 Palestinian refugee camps. The attack took place in a residential area in northern Sidon.

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