According to reports, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has suggested to the families of hostages in Gaza that the leadership of Hamas could potentially be banished from the region.
In a discussion with these families, Netanyahu mentioned the potential for exiling key Hamas figures, including Gaza's ruler, Yahya Sinwar, and Muhammad Deif, the leader of the Izz ad Din al Qassam Brigades, as per Sky News.
It has been reported that Benjamin Netanyahu stated Israel is contemplating revealing an outline for a deal from Israel's perspective.
In the midst of the conference, it was announced that Saleh al Arouri, the deputy leader of Hamas, had been killed in an airstrike in Lebanon.
The remarks by the Prime Minister of Israel follow the death of a high-ranking Hamas leader in a Beirut explosion, which has led to fears of the Gaza conflict escalating regionally. Saleh Al-Arouri, the deputy chief of Hamas' politburo and reputed architect of its military arm in the West Bank, was the victim of this incident.
The acting Prime Minister of Lebanon has accused Israel of orchestrating an attack intended to plunge Lebanon into renewed conflict. According to Lebanon's state-run National News Agency, an Israeli drone targeted an apartment block in Beirut's southern suburbs, which housed a Hamas office. The attack resulted in the death of six people, including Saleh Arouri.
Since Hamas launched an attack on Israel on 7 October, Saleh Arouri is the highest-ranking Hamas leader to be killed. Arouri was initially arrested by Israel in 1992, receiving a 15-year prison sentence and was subsequently released in 2007. However, he was again detained for an additional three years, before finally being exiled by Israel in 2010.
Hezbollah and Israel have engaged in conflict along the Lebanon border, however, the skirmishes have been confined to Lebanese territories that Hezbollah deems as occupied.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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