Turkey Extradites Lebanese Suspect Behind Hamas Car Bombing

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah had accused Israel of being behind the attack in which a Hamas leader was assassinated in the Lebanese town of Sidon

Lebanese army soldiers inspect a car that was destroyed in a bombing, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan 14, 2018.
Mohammed Zaatari/AP

Turkey has extradited a man suspected of carrying out an assassination attempt earlier this month on a member of the Palestinian Hamas movement in Lebanese city of Sidon.

Last week, Hezbollah leader Hasssan Nasrallah accused Israel of carrying out the bomb attack, and called it an act of aggression.

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Ahmed Betiah was handed over to the Lebanese Internal Security Forces at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon's National News Agency reported Tuesday.

On January 14, Hamas official Mohammed Hamdan was wounded when a bomb exploded in his car next to his home in the Lebanese port city of Sidon. Betiah fled to Turkey after the bombing.

"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.

Sidon is home to two of Lebanon's 12 Palestinian refugee camps.