The Palestinian Hamas Movement announced on August 7 that one of its members had survived an assassination attempt in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon.
In a statement, the movement’s media office said the member, Bilal Ghali, was injured by a blast while approaching his car.
“Brother Bilal Ghali, who belongs to the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, and is a former bodyguard in the movement, was subjected to an incident while approaching his car on his way to work, which resulted in light injuries,” the statement read.
Hamas said Ghali is now in a good condition. Lebanese authorities have reportedly launched an investigation into the incident.
Ghali is the former bodyguard of Osama Hamdan, senior representative of Hamas in Lebanon and a member of the organization’s politburo.
In January of 2018, a similar assassination attempt injured Hamas official Mohammed Hamdan in Sidon. Lebanese authorities revealed later that Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, was behind the attack.
The attempt of Ghali’s life was likely orchestrated by the Israeli intelligence, which is known to be active throughout Lebanon against “resistance” movements.