US defense official says IDF carried out assassination of Hamas deputy leader Arouri

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

A US defense official tells The Washington Post that Israel was responsible for the airstrike near Beirut that killed Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri.

The official speaks on condition of anonymity.

Israel has not yet formally commented on the strike, but several coalition members have hailed the killing.

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