Israel Celebrates Al-Arouri’s Assassination Without Claiming Official Responsibility

A recent meeting between Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Hamas’ Saleh al-Arouri in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon  (Social media)
A recent meeting between Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Hamas’ Saleh al-Arouri in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon (Social media)
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Israel Celebrates Al-Arouri’s Assassination Without Claiming Official Responsibility

A recent meeting between Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Hamas’ Saleh al-Arouri in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon  (Social media)
A recent meeting between Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Hamas’ Saleh al-Arouri in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon (Social media)

Israel celebrated the assassination of the Deputy Chief of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Saleh al-Arouri, but did not officially claim responsibility for the operation that killed the Hamas leader in a drone attack in Beirut, Lebanon.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also instructed Israeli ministers not to comment on the killing of al-Arouri, while attention turned to Hezbollah’s stance as the assassination took place on its territory and within its security zone.

Netanyahu's foreign affairs spokesperson, Mark Regev, declared Tuesday that the slaying of al-Arouri was not an attack against Lebanon or Hezbollah.

“Obviously, in Lebanon, there are many Hezbollah targets, but whoever did this strike was very surgical and went for a Hamas target because Israel is at war... Whoever did this has a gripe with Hamas,” Regev said during a media interview.

As the focus shifts to a previously scheduled speech by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday evening, Israeli media hinted at the “success” of the killing operation

Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Israeli officials as stating that the “assassination of al-Arouri is a qualitative and high-quality operation.”

According to Israel’s Channel 13, al-Arouri was scheduled to meet with Nasrallah on Wednesday.

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich expressed the view that “the fate of all enemies of Israel is destruction.”

Member of the Knesset for the Likud party, headed by Netanyahu, Danny Danon, congratulated the Israeli security forces on the assassination of al-Arouri, describing the operation as “successful.”

Israeli media reports that the Israeli government issued orders to its ministers, prohibiting them from giving interviews regarding the assassination.

In August 2023, Netanyahu threatened to assassinate al-Arouri.

Al-Arouri was accused of orchestrating a series of attacks carried out by Hamas in the West Bank in recent weeks and months.



US Military Targets Houthi Radar Sites in Yemen

In this photo provided by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), a Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond to shoot down a missile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP)
In this photo provided by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), a Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond to shoot down a missile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP)
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US Military Targets Houthi Radar Sites in Yemen

In this photo provided by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), a Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond to shoot down a missile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP)
In this photo provided by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), a Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond to shoot down a missile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP)

The United States military unleashed a wave of attacks targeting radar sites operated by Yemen's Houthi militants over their assaults on shipping in the crucial Red Sea corridor, authorities said Saturday, after one merchant sailor went missing following an earlier Houthi strike on a ship.
The attacks come as the US Navy faces the most intense combat it has seen since World War II in trying to counter the Houthi campaign — attacks the militants say are meant to halt the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip.
However, the Iranian-backed group assaults often see the Houthis target ships and sailors who have nothing to do with the war while traffic remains halved through a corridor vital for cargo and energy shipments between Asia, Europe and the Mideast.
US strikes destroyed seven radars within Houthi-controlled territory, the military's Central Command said. It did not elaborate on how the sites were destroyed and did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press.
“These radars allow the Houthis to target maritime vessels and endanger commercial shipping,” Central Command said in a statement.
The US separately destroyed two bomb-laden drone boats in the Red Sea, as well as a drone launched by the Houthis over the waterway, it said.
The Houthis, who have held Yemen's capital, Sanaa, since 2014, did not acknowledge the strikes, nor any military losses. That's been typical since the US began launching airstrikes targeting the group.
Meanwhile, Central Command said one commercial sailor from the Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned bulk cargo carrier Tutor remained missing after an attack Wednesday by the Houthis that used a bomb-carrying drone boat to strike the vessel.
“The crew abandoned ship and were rescued by USS Philippine Sea and partner forces,” Central Command said. The “Tutor remains in the Red Sea and is slowly taking on water.”
The Houthis have launched more than 50 attacks on shipping, killed three sailors, seized one vessel and sunk another since November, according to the US Maritime Administration.
The war in the Gaza Strip has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians there, according to Gaza health officials, while hundreds of others have been killed in Israeli operations in the West Bank. It began after Hamas-led militants attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking around 250 hostage.
“The Houthis claim to be acting on behalf of Palestinians in Gaza and yet they are targeting and threatening the lives of third-country nationals who have nothing to do with the conflict in Gaza,” Central Command said. “The ongoing threat to international commerce caused by the Houthis in fact makes it harder to deliver badly needed assistance to the people of Yemen as well as Gaza.”