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Haniyeh: Solid Alliance in ME Being Formed in Face of US Policies

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Haniyeh is talking about the Solid Alliance being formed in face of US policy. I have to remind him that Hamas was an essential part of a solid alliance (IRAN, SYRIA, Hezbollah and HAMAS). Led by Mashaal and him Hamas  stabled Syria and allies in the back and joined the anti-resistance axis (Turkey and Qatar) led by the USA.

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The Resistance Axis has never been isolated or closed. It expanded accommodating Ansar Allah in Yemen, IRAQI POPULAR MOBILIZATION, and many freedom fighting groups/Parties, such as Lebanese SSNP, from Arab and Muslim countries.

Haniyeh: Solid Alliance in ME Being Formed in Face of US Policies

January 23, 2018

Head of Hamas’s politburo Ismail Haniyeh

Chief of Hamas Politburo Ismail Haniyeh said on Tuesday that a solid alliance is being established in the Middle East to confront the Us malicious policies, adding that such an alliance would not be isolated, but open to all sides for Al-Quds battle requires everyone’s efforts.

In a press conference in Gaza, Haniyeh considered that the US Vice President Mike Pence’s statements about moving the US embassy into Al-Quds aim at eradicating the Palestinian cause, stressing that the intifada and the popular support in addition to the Umma back up are main bases to confront the US policy.

Haniyeh also underscored that the Palestinian resistance will use some cards in order to liberate the prisoners at the Zionist jails, adding that who thinks that the Palestinian people have been emaciated is mistaken.

Source: Al-Manar Website

 

Palestinians Deserve – And Will Get – A More Effective Leadership

By Rami G. Khouri

January 19, 2018 “Information Clearing House” –  BEIRUT — The crushing irony for Palestinians today is that their cause remains widely supported by over 120 governments and billions of ordinary men and women around the world, yet the Palestinian leadership is a case study in hapless incompetence that verges on national shame. This was confirmed again this week as the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) issued a policy statement after days of deliberations that is a sad example of meaningless clichés uttered by aging men whose track record of political achievement is empty — and astoundingly so, in view of the massive and sustained support around the world for Palestinian national rights.

The Central Council is supposed to fill the gap between the National Council (parliament-in-exile) that represents all Palestinians around the world, and the Executive Committee that represents the major Palestinian political factions and functions like a government cabinet, headed by the president. In fact, these three organs of government and the presidency are all moribund institutions that have neither impact nor legitimacy, for the leadership has lost touch with the ordinary Palestinians whom it is supposed to represent and serve.

So it is no surprise that after another fiery but hollow speech by President Mahmoud Abbas, the Central Council has decided to “suspend” its recognition of Israel, end security cooperation with Israel, effectively nullify the 2003 Oslo accords, and call on the world to work for the creation of a Palestinian state and end Israel’s colonization policies. These meaningless words by a powerless leadership will have no impact on anything.

It is hard to know what else to say or do in the face of such a failed leadership of a noble Palestinian people that continues to struggle, mostly nonviolently, for their peaceful statehood and end to refugeehood and exile, alongside an Israeli state that would acknowledge those rights for Palestinians. But we must do something, because simply continuing with the same inept leadership that has excluded the vast majority of Palestinians from participating in their national decision-making only guarantees that daily life conditions and future prospects for those millions of Palestinians will only worsen with every passing month — and for those in refugee camps or under Israeli siege in Gaza, it is hard to imagine how life could get any more difficult.

The Palestinians cannot force major changes in the policies of the Israeli government that continues with the same colonial, Apartheid-like policies that have defined Zionism since the 1947-48 creation of Israel and the dismemberment, disenfranchisement, and dispersal of the Palestinians. But 1.5 million Palestinians of 1948 have become nine million or so today, and they do have the power to do one thing, whether they live in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, as Israeli citizens inside Israel, or throughout the diaspora around the region and the world.

They can and must re-legitimize their national leadership into a single movement that listens to all their views, represents them legitimately, reaches policy decisions on the basis of serious consultations and consensus that allows Palestinians to speak in a single voice, and engages diplomatically around the world with the full support of all Palestinians.

None of these dynamics exists today, which is why the current leadership of the PLO under Mahmoud Abbas is not taken seriously in the region or internationally — least of all by the majority of Palestinians themselves, who have looked elsewhere for leadership in the years since the Oslo process proved to be a failure and Yasser Arafat started to lose his credibility. The leaderless condition of the Palestinian people today is reflected in how the three most dramatic examples of pubic political action in recent years have occurred without any meaningful input from the PLO, or from the Palestinian Authority (PA) which administers limited services and regions in the West Bank and Gaza where Israel gives it permission to do so.

Those three examples are: the current campaign around the world to support Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old girl from a West Bank village who is detained in an Israeli jail pending a possible military court trial, because she resisted Israeli occupation and slapped an Israeli soldier; the weeks of spontaneous popular protest last summer in Arab East Jerusalem, when tens of thousands of Palestinians there defended their holy sites at the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount, for Israelis); and, the ongoing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement by civil society to pressure Israel to stop its mistreatment and human rights denials of Palestinians in the three arenas of occupied Palestine, the state of Israel, and the disapora.

Hamas’ challenge to the PLO leadership in Gaza is another sign of the PLO’s delinquency in protecting, representing, or leading the Palestinians. It is difficult now to create a whole new national leadership, given the fragmented nature of the Palestinian community. Yet the cohesion that all Palestinians feel, wherever they live, also makes it feasible to at least start consultations amongst themselves to find a way out of the current nightmare by giving fresh blood and new life and legitimacy to existing PLO organs.

There is no reason why we should suffer this ghastly fate of being plagued by a colonial Zionist Israeli state that steadily eats up our land, ignored by a mostly caring world that is otherwise preoccupied by more pressing issues, and abandoned by a Palestinian leadership that has become powerless, dependent on donors, docile, a purveyor of empty clichés, and largely incoherent. Such situations might lull some observers to see the end of the Palestine issue, while a more likely conclusion would be that this low point will mark the start of a process of re-birth for the nine million Palestinians who have never stopped struggling and working for their national rights since the 1930s. They are certainly not going to stop now, regardless of the poor quality of their current leaders.

Rami G. Khouri is senior public policy fellow and professor of journalism at the American University of Beirut, and a non-resident senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Middle East Initiative. He can be followed on Twitter @ramikhouri

Copyright ©2018 Rami G. Khouri — Distributed by Agence Global

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Israeli Intelligence behind Blast Targeted Hamas Commander in Southern Lebanon: Report

January 20, 2018

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The Israeli intelligence was behind the blast which targeted one of Hamas commanders Mohammad Hamdan in Sidon in southern Lebanon on January 14, according to a report published by al-Akhbar newspaper on Saturday.

The report mentioned that the Lebanese army intelligence and the ISF Information Branch managed to identify the head of the cell which carried out the operation, adding that he is the Lebanese, Ahmad Baytiyah, who descends from Tripoli and lives in Amsterdam.

Baytiyah was recruited by the Israeli intelligence abroad before he arrived in Beirut on January 9 to prepare for the operation, according to the report which added that the security agencies are tracking the rest of the cell members in order to arrest them.

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper

الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية نفّذت تفجير صيدا

حسن عليق

في مدة قياسية، تمكّن فرع المعلومات في قوى الأمن الداخلي من كشف كيفية تنفيذ الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية لعملية التفجير في مدينة صيدا، يوم الأحد الفائت (14 كانون الثاني 2018)، التي استهدفت القيادي في حركة المقاومة الإسلامية حماس، محمد حمدان. نجا الأخير من محاولة الاغتيال المحكمة التي نفذها عملاء للعدو، بسبب تغييره، بالصدفة، لطريقة تشغيله لمحرك السيارة.

فبدلاً من الجلوس فيها، وتشغيل المحرّك، قرر حمدان مدّ يده من خارج السيارة، وتحريك مفتاح التشغيل، فيما جسده لا يزال خارجها، ثم التحرك فوراً نحو الصندوق الخلفي للمركبة. وفور ابتعاده عن باب السائق، انفجرت العبوة الناسفة التي كانت ملصقة أسفل السيارة، تحت مقعد السائق، ليُصاب حمدان بجروح في قدميه. سريعاً، بدأت الأجهزة الأمنية التحقيق في الجريمة. وفيما تولى الجيش مسح مسرح الجريمة والمنطقة القريبة منه، بما فيها المبنى الذي يسكنه حمدان والمباني المجاورة، تولّى فرع المعلومات التحقيق في الدائرة الاوسع. وسريعاً، توصل إلى خيوط دفعته أول من أمس إلى تنفيذ مداهمات في منطقة الواجهة البحرية لبيروت، وفي مدينة طرابلس. فبعد سلسلة من التحقيقات التقنية والاستعلامية المعقّدة، تمكّن محققو «المعلومات» من تحديد المشتبه فيه الذي أدار مجموعة من الأفراد لتنفيذ محاولة الاغتيال. وتبيّن أن المشتبه فيه لبناني من طرابلس، يُدعى أحمد بَيْتيّة.

التحقيقات سمحت بالجزم بأن بيتية ومجموعته يعملون لمصلحة الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية

والأخير صاحب «سجلّ أمنيّ نظيف». لم يسبق أن أوقِف في قضايا أمنية، ولا وضعه أحد الأجهزة الأمنية على لوائح المشتبه فيهم. الرجل الذي يبلغ من العمر 38 عاماً، كان يعمل في التجارة، متنقلاً بين لبنان وهولندا. وهو أتى إلى بيروت يوم 9 كانون الثاني، عبر مطار بيروت. وكان قد استأجر شقة لمدة أسبوع في منطقة الواجهة البحرية للعاصمة، عبر موقع على الإنترنت، وزار عائلته في طرابلس يوم وصوله، ثم عاد إلى بيروت. من الأخيرة، انتقل إلى صيدا أكثر من مرة، على رأس مجموعة تنفيذية، تولت مراقبة منزل حمدان. ونفّذت المجموعة يوم 11 كانون الثاني مناورة يمكن الاستنتاج بأنها كانت محاولة للاغتيال جرى وقف تنفيذها من دون معرفة السبب.

وبحسب ما توصّل إليه المحققون، فإن بيتية ومجموعته، انتقلوا إلى صيدا فجر يوم 14 كانون الثاني، وتولى أحدهم زرع العبوة الناسفة أسفل سيارة حمدان، قرابة الثالثة والنصف فجراً. وبحسب ما توصلت إليه التحقيقات، ابتعدت المجموعة عن محيط منزل القيادي في المقاومة، بعد زرع العبوة، ثم عادت قرابة السابعة والنصف، وبقيت في انتظار نزوله من منزله إلى سيارته. وفور تفجير العبوة، غادرت المجموعة المكان، باتجاه بيروت، حيث تفرّقت. وفيما ضاع أثر باقي أفراد الشبكة، تمكّن محققو «المعلومات» من العثور على «آثار تقنية» لرأس الشبكة، في العاصمة، أدّت إلى تحديد هويته، فتبيّن أنه بيتية. الاستمرار في ملاحقة «آثاره» أوصل المحققين إلى مطار الرئيس الشهيد رفيق الحريري، فتبيّن أن بيتية غادر لبنان ليل الأحد ــ الاثنين، متوجهاً إلى أمستردام.

وتستمر تحقيقات «المعلومات» واستخبارات الجيش، لتحديد باقي أفراد الشبكة، علماً بأن مصادر تحدّثت عن وجود موقوف لدى الاستخبارات، يتحفّظ المسؤولون الأمنيون عن كشف مدى صلته بالشبكة. وقد دهم محققو «المعلومات» منزل بيتية في طرابلس، واستجوبوا عدداً من أفراد عائلته، وضبطوا وثائق ومعدات يجري تحليلها لمعرفة ما إذا كانت ستفضي إلى أدلة تساهم في كشف معلومات إضافية عن المشتبه فيه.

وعلمت «الأخبار» أن التحقيقات التي أُجريت طوال الأيام الستة الماضية سمحت بالجزم بأن بيتية ومجموعته يعملون لمصلحة الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية، وأن رأس الشبكة جنّدته هذه الاستخبارات خارج الأراضي اللبنانية. ويجري التدقيق في ما إذا كانت لديه صلات بعمليات أمنية نفّذها العدو في لبنان سابقاً.

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INTO THE BLAST FURNACE: THE WAR AGAINST IDLIB’S TERRORISTS AND THE KURDISH DILEMMA

 

All eyes are on Idlib today and the American fall-back position in the northeast.  The Syrian government’s strategy of making truces with terrorists and offering them safe passage to Idlib where they were heaped up has paid dividends.  What is amazing is that so many of the terrorist commanders could not see this coming.  Today, even with Turkish collusion, terrorist jihadists are bracing for their apocalypse.  As terrorist propagandists describe it, “it’s the most violent air campaign we have ever seen in Syria!”  Gee.  Surprise!  That they could not imagine this happening is a good sign of the enemy’s naivete.  It was obvious to all my readers that this was going to happen.

Turkey is conflicted about this largely Syrian-Russian-Iranian stratagem.  While valuing their relationship with Russia and Iran, the Turks are unwilling to break away from their Assado-phobia.  It might be that they feel a sense of shame for promoting the war so openly, but, now seeing no path out but to cling to the tired mantras that have justified their own involvement in the dissemination of terror throughout the Fertile Crescent, they persist in prolonging the war against Damascus  The Turks and their foreign policy are adrift in a sea of contradictions.

Erdoghan is reportedly enraged by the Zionist moves on Jerusalem inspired by Trump’s lunacy.

Erdoghan is reportedly enraged by the U.S.A.’s unwillingness to extradite Fethullah Gulen to Turkey to face charges of seditiion and treason – not to mention his involvement in an attempt to overthrow the government in Ankara.

Erdoghan is enraged by the U.S.A.’s support for the Kurdish SDF, a group the Turks equate with the PKK with whom they have fought an endless insurgency which aims to establish a Kurdish state in Turkey.  He has punished the U.S. and NATO by purchasing an S-400 anti-aircraft system from Russia.

Erdoghan is enraged by Saudi Arabia’s efforts to chastise Qatar for its cuddling up to Iran.  He has sent troops to Qatar to help defend that nation if KSA decides to repeat another blunder on its own borders.

Erdoghan is enraged by KSA’s and Egypt’s hostility to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group it is said to which Erdoghan either belongs or is supporting wholeheartedly.  He is even more enraged by Egypt’s mistreatment of Hamas officials and troops – Cairo’s efforts to blunt Hamas’s military capabilities – destroying tunnels, seizing weapons and killing fishermen.  Hamas is, of course, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Erdoghan is miffed at everybody.  He’s even enraged by Dr. Assad’s durability.

Erdoghan has also expressed rage at the massive military operation aimed at exterminating the entire structure of Alqaeda in Idlib.  He has railed against the Syrian Air Force’s bombardment of Alqaeda bases, labeling the air attacks as “murder of civilians”.  It has been reported that the Turkish military gave aid to Alqaeda terrorists in their counter-offensive to halt the Syrian Army’s advance on the Abu Dhuhoor Air Base.  That advance has recommenced and the SAA has recaptured all villages lost to the terrorist/Turk counter-attack.

Well, that’s just too bad.  And it makes no sense for him to involve his country in a losing effort to keep the terrorist groups in Idlib on life support while cutting his ties to the Americans and Europeans.  I don’t know what Macron is thinking now, but it must be something along the lines of cursing the world for imposing crackpot Trump and even loonier Erdoghan upon what should have been a more rational world. Erdoghan doesn’t sense it, but, his options lessen with each gambit he makes.  He has now threatened to invade northeastern Syria to tamp down the moves toward solidifying the American plan to establish a state for the Kurds (remember my post on that subject). If he does do that, he will be ordering his forces to fire on a fellow NATO member, the United States, which has over 10,000 troops on the ground helping the Kurds to set up the requirements of statehood.  A mess is in the making.  Whenever the United States develops  very clever plans, you can already figure its going to get mired in a new overseas war.

I have received information that the plan to establish a Kurdish rump state in the northeast was initially suggested by the Zionist entity.  According to my source, Mossad developed the plan on orders from Mileikowski (a/k/a Netanyahu) to give the Americans a fighting chance at blunting the rapid proliferation of Iranian influence in the region.  We now know, that the new Kurdistan in the north and the endless training in the south at Al-Tanf are meant to squeeze any efforts by Iran to project its economic power by extending a natural gas pipeline across Syria to the Mediterranean and its military power by roadways across Iraq and Syria to South Lebanon, Hizbollah’s home territory.

There can be no more screw-brained a plan than this one.  And if the U.S. is counting on Turkey to keep up its end by continually aiding and abetting the terrorists of Hay’`at Ahraar Al-Shaam (read: Alqaeda), it appears that kind of expectation is the stuff of delusion. The Turks are increasingly moving away from NATO and have little respect for the United States, as I wrote earlier.  They have, since 2015, closed their borders to Syrians coming from Idlib.  They have tightened controls over supplies to the Alqaeda terrorists.  The one thing they have not done completely is block smugglers from delivering much-needed material to the thugs who populate Idlib.  This is how the terrorists were able to manufacture the drones that attacked the Russian base at Humaymeem.  The state which gave them the basic design is clearly the Zionist Settler State.

Russia quickly retaliated against the terrorists by striking their factory and killing most of those who were responsible for the manufacture and design of the drones.  The intelligence they received identifying the location of the factory was, reportedly, from Turkey.  And Russian vengeance was most sweet.

Syrian Air Force bombing of Idlib is intensifying exponentially, as the terrorist propagandists admit.  The Syrian Air Force has been 100% revamped and modernized.  The army is much stronger.  Even with the American-made TOW anti-tank system, the terrorists have no chance because Syrian engineers developed the Saraab 1 and 2 which have effectively neutralized the efficacity of the TOWs.  With no new technology to help them, the terrorists are simply flipping their hour glasses until the final moments.

Saudi Arabia has ceased all funding to the Alqaeda led by Muhaysini.  There are no smugglers with briefcases full of money to pay salaries to the terrorists whose families have now become sorrowful characters in a Greek tragedy eerily unfolding every day.  With a Europe unwilling to accept them, the smuggling business is seeing a brisk upturn as families spend every item of jewelry on a passage to Greece and, hopefully, to Europe. I cannot envision a scenario more deprived of hope than what these wretches are facing.  It is only a matter of time.

The Americans have given the PKK MANPADs.  That’s going to make Erdoghan real happy.  There is already talk that the Turkish offensive at Afrin will begin today, Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  I hope the Kurds and the Turks blow each other up.  I pray for a bloody encounter that will teach the Turks about supporting terrorism and the Kurds about overreaching and treason.

In the meantime, another drama is taking place in the Eastern Ghouta.  The Army of Islam is still receiving its salaries from KSA.  But, as I understand it, the Saudis have given the ‘Alloosh brothers a limit.  They have been told to negotiate at Geneva or Sochi or get left out.  Don’t believe the nonsense spewed out by fake-news organizations about how popular the terrorists are in the Ghouta.  They are not popular.  They are only tolerated by a population of drudges. The decision has been made to beat the terrorists into the ground with air power.  Watch carefully the position taken by ‘Alloosh at Sochi – we predict a sudden abandonment of entrenched positions and an acceptance of Dr. Assad’s leadership.  They have no other choice.  And so little time.  ZAF

المجلس المركزي وعباس: رهان التسوية مستمرّ

 

ناصر قنديل

– كانت كلمة الرئيس الفلسطيني محمود عباس أمام المجلس المركزي الفلسطيني رغم طولها، مليئة بالروايات التاريخية عن القضية الفلسطينية المفيدة، وبالأخبار والطرائف التي عايشها مباشرة، وتكشف مواقف الأميركيين والإسرائيليين وخفايا التفاوض، وبعض التلميحات لمواقف بعض الحكومات العربية، فخلال ساعتين وأكثر كان عباس يترافع ليصل إلى خلاصة هي جوهر ما أراد قوله، لن نقبل ما يريده الأميركيون والإسرائيليون وبعض العرب، وسنبقى تحت سقف دولة فلسطينية على الأراضي المحتلة عام 67 وعاصمتها القدس الشرقية، لكن طريقنا لذلك هو التفاوض والضغط الشعبي والسياسي السلمي، ولن نسحب الاعتراف بـ»إسرائيل»، ولا نسقط أوسلو فقد أسقطه الإسرائيليون.

– الواضح أنّ محمود عباس قد قرّر التموضع تحت عباءة ثالثة كما في كلّ مرة تقفل فيها سبل التسوية، فهو لا يستطيع التموضع تحت العباءة الأميركية والعربية، ولا يريد التموضع تحت عباءة المقاومة، فيبتكر عباءة افتراضية بانتظار أن يصير لها أصحاب، عنوانها التفاوض المتوازن تحت مرجعية الشرعية الدولية ويراهن على أن ينتج لها الفشل في إيجاد شريك فلسطيني في الصيغ الأميركية الإسرائيلية، فرصاً واقعية، وحتى ذلك الحين فهو سيتمسك بالممانعة، وإقفال الباب أمام خروج شريك فلسطيني يوقع على الطلبات الأميركية الإسرائيلية، التي قال إنّ مضمونها قد عرض عليه من بعض العرب، وقد قال له بعض العرب كم تريد لتسمح لنا بالتطبيع قبل قيام الدولة الفلسطينية؟

– الشارع الفلسطيني لم يجد أجوبة على الأسئلة الكبرى في ما سمعه من عباس، فالتوتر مع حماس والجهاد والقيادة العامة، ليس ما هو متوقع، حتى لو قاطعوا المجلس المركزي، والردّ على مقاطعتهم كان ممكناً بإسقاط مخاوفهم، وإظهار أنّ الخطاب السياسي الذي حمله المجلس المركزي جاء بحجم التوقعات، ليندم الذين قاطعوا على مقاطعتهم، بينما هم الآن يزيدون ثقة بأنهم أخذوا القرار المناسب بالمقاطعة، وأنّ السقف السياسي لخطاب عباس دون الثوابت التي كانوا يرديون لها أن تكون نتائج المجلس المركزي.

– واقعياً سيكون بسبب التعنّت الأميركي والإسرائيلي، موقع حركة فتح في خط التصادم مع الاحتلال وضمن تنسيق ميداني مع سائر الفصائل في قلب الانتفاضة، لكن سيكون هناك خطان متوازيان واحد لفتح والآخر لسائر الفصائل المقاومة، وسيشارك فدائيو فتح سراً مع فصائل المقاومة، وسيتكامل الخطان دون أن يتطابقا، وسيبقى الخطاب السياسي لعباس والمنظمة بما لا يزعج الأوروبيين الذين يتوقع عباس منهم أن ينعشوا عملية التفاوض كلما بدا أنّ طريق الضغط الأميركي مسدود، ولا مانع من استثمار أعمال المقاومة وإدانتها في آن واحد، لإثبات الأهلية للتفاوض، ما يعطي تفسيراً للرغبة بعدم شراكة فصائل المقاومة في المجلس المركزي، ورفض بيان موحّد يلزم بالمواجهة مع الاحتلال ويسحب الاعتراف بالكيان ويعلن الخروج من أوسلو.

– على فصائل المقاومة أن ترتب أمورها على أساس أنّ الوحدة ليست مشروعاً لدى محمود عباس، بل ربط النزاع، للإفادة من نتائج عدم التصادم في تعزيز الوضع نحو التفاوض، والإفادة من عدم التعاون لعدم خسارة تصنيف الغرب لعباس كشريك في عملية سلام، ولعلّ ربط النزاع مفيد لقوى المقاومة أيضاً لعدم منح البراءة لخط أوسلو الذي تسبّب بكلّ الأضرار والخسائر التي أصابت القضية الفلسطينية، وفي المقابل عدم القطيعة ليتحقق في الشارع تعاون أكبر بين المناضلين مما هو بين القيادات، فيكون توازن بين فائدة الانتفاضة والمقاومة وتجنّب الأضرار، بربط النزاع، وهو ما لا يتحقق بالتفاهم المستحيل ولا بالتصادم المؤذي.

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January 14, 2018

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A car blast has rocked the southern city of Sidon on Sunday, injuring one person.

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Mohammad Hamdan, “Abu Hamza”, who was injured in Sidon blast, Sunday, January 14, 2017

Lebanese Army announced in a statement that a man identified as Mohammad Hamdan was injured in a booby-trapped car explosion in Sidon,

The statement added that the blast took place as he opened his car in Al-Bustan Al-Kabir neighborhood in Sidon.

Conflicting reports were circulated initially, saying that Hamdan was the brother of Hamas top representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, Mohamamd, was the target of the bombing. However the movement then denied such reports, noting that Mohammad Hamdan, who was injured in the explosion, was a member of the movement but he is not the brother of Hamas’ leader in Lebanon.

Hamas command committee member, Ayman Shanaa said that Mohammad Hamdan, who is also called “Abu Hamza” was transferred to hospital, noting that his injuries were minor.

 

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Source: Al-Manar

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