Israel didn’t alert US before killing Hamas deputy chief, sent update during strike — report

People inspect the site of a strike, reported by Lebanese media to be an Israeli strike targeting a Hamas office, in the southern suburb of Beirut on January 2, 2024. (AFP)
People inspect the site of a strike, reported by Lebanese media to be an Israeli strike targeting a Hamas office, in the southern suburb of Beirut on January 2, 2024. (AFP)

Israel did not give the United States advance notice of the strike in Beirut that killed Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri and several other members of the Gaza-ruling terror group, the Walla news site quotes a pair of unnamed American officials as saying.

The new site cites an Israeli official as saying Israel did not give the US a heads-up and notified the Biden administration while the attack was underway.

Jerusalem has not publicly taken responsibility for the killing.

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