Mourners attend the funeral of Saleh al-Arouri, a top Hamas commander, who was killed Tuesday in a Apparent Israeli strike, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, January 4, 2024.
The assassination of Saleh al-Arouri or any other Palestinian is a failed move, because the resistance will give rise to new leaders, Omar Ghannoum, a 35-year-old Palestinian, told AFP.
He came to the funeral to denounce the ongoing genocide in Gaza and the violation of Lebanese sovereignty by the Israeli army.
The enemy thinks that with the assassination of Saleh al-Arouri, it can overcome the resistance and impose its conditions, but it has failed, and it will never be able to push Hamas to abandon its demands, its vision and strategy, assured, in a recorded speech broadcast to the crowd, the political leader of Hamas, Ismaïl Haniyeh, based in Qatar.
Several Hamas figures in exile are established in Lebanon, under the protection of Hezbollah, its ally.
Israel vowed to destroy Hamas after the Palestinian Islamist movement's unprecedented attack on its soil on October 7, which left around 1,140 people dead in Israel.
Israeli retaliatory operations in Gaza since have cost more than 22,000 lives, according to Hamas.
Since the beginning of the war, almost daily clashes also pit Hezbollah and its allies against Israel, but until then they were limited to southern Lebanon.
The Tuesday's strike is the first since October 7 on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital.
Israel, which did not claim it, was immediately singled out by Hamas, Hezbollah and the Lebanese government. A US defense official also indicated on Wednesday that it was indeed an Israeli strike.