Blast Hits Car in Sidon, Reportedly Targeting Hamas Official

Blast Hits Car in Sidon, Reportedly Targeting Hamas Official

The blast took place as Mohamed Hemdan Abo Hamza was about to board his auto in Sidon, a Lebanese security source said on condition of anonymity because he was unauthorized to speak to media.

A auto explosion rocked the Lebanese southern city of Sidon on Sunday and injured its owner who was identified as Mohammed Hamdan, the Lebanese army said in a statement.

Identified as Mohamed Hamdan, also known as Abu Hamza, the man has been taken to the hospital with "slight injuries".

A leader of the Palestinian Fatah movement in Lebanon said Hamdan was involved in operations in Israel.


Firefighters rushed to the scene to put out the flames, while security forces cordoned off the area.

"Initial indications point to Zionist [Israeli] fingers behind this criminal act", Hamas said without further details.

Hamas has fought three wars with Israel in the past decade and is based in the Gaza strip, but it operates branches elsewhere in the Middle East including Lebanon.

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