Lebanon files complaint to UN Security Council over killing of Saleh Arouri in Beirut

Ahram Online , Friday 5 Jan 2024

Lebanon responded to the targeted killing of Hamas deputy chief Saleh Al Arouri in Beirut by filing a complaint with the United Nations Security Council.

Palestinian demonstrators wave Hamas and their national flags during a protest against the killing of top Hamas official Saleh Arouri in Beirut, in the West Bank town of Arura, on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024 AP


The complaint, dated January 4 and recently seen by Reuters, describes the incident as the "most dangerous phase" of Israel's attacks on Lebanon.

According to the complaint, Israel utilized six missiles in the attack that resulted in the death of Al Arouri. Additionally, Lebanon accuses Israel of exploiting Lebanese airspace to carry out bombings in Syria.

The killing of Saleh Al Arouri has heightened tensions in the region, and Lebanon's complaint to the UN Security Council underscores the gravity of the situation. By submitting the complaint, Lebanon seeks international recognition and condemnation of an unlawful act of aggression by Israel.

The targeted killing has added further tension to the Israeli war on Gaza and the near-daily exchanges of fire along the border between Lebanon and Israel.

On Thursday, hundreds of people attended the funeral in Beirut of Hamas deputy leader Saleh Al Arouri, who was assassinated in a strike that Lebanon blamed on Israel.

Mourners gathered at a mosque to recite the prayer of the dead before marching to the Shatila refugee camp, where three of the deceased were to be buried. The coffins of Saleh Al Arouri, Azzam Al-Aqraa of the Hamas military wing Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, and Mohammad Al-Rais were draped in Palestinian and Hamas flags.

Lebanese and Hamas security officials accused Israel of carrying out the attack, with a high-level Lebanese security official stating that guided missiles targeted the individuals. While Israel has not claimed responsibility, a U.S. defense official confirmed Israel's involvement in the attack.

During a speech on Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah responded strongly to the killing of Al Arouri in Beirut, stating that a retaliation is "undoubtedly coming." 

Several Hamas figures in exile reside in Lebanon, under the protection of Hezbollah. Since the outbreak of the Israeli war on Gaza in October, there have been near-daily exchanges of fire between Israel and Hezbollah along the border area.


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