Hizbullah Commander Assassinated Overnight in Hadath, Israel Denies Involvement and Warns against Attacksإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
A prominent Hizbullah military official was assassinated at midnight on Wednesday near his residence in Hadath in Beirut's southern suburbs.
“Around 12 a.m. Hajj Hassan Hollo al-Laqqis was assassinated near his house in Sainte Thérèse neighborhood in Hadath while he was on his way back from his work,” a statement issued by Hizbullah's press office said.
A party source told Agence France Presse that Laqqis was very close to the party's chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
Hizbullah accused in the statement Israel of killing the official, revealing that Laqqis “was repeatedly targeted but that he managed to escape the assassination attempts.”
“Israel is completely held responsibility for this heinous crime,” the statement added.
The party described Laqqis as a “Jihaddist who spent his entire life as a member of the resistance and a leader who adored martyrdom.”
Laqqis' son had passed away during the July 2006 war, according to the statement.
Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) detailed on the incident, saying unknown assailants ambushed Laqqis in his residence's parking lot.
The radio station said that he was still inside his Jeep Cherokee when he was assassinated.
"He was shot 5 times, four bullets in the head and one in the neck, from a nearby distance," VDL said.
LBCI television remarked that the doorman of the building where Laqqis resided said he did not hear any gunshots but instead, the sound of smashing glass.
“He got out to check what was happening and saw the slain man. He then contacted Hizbullah's security agents,” LBCI added.
Later on Wednesday, Israel denied its involvement in Laqqis' assassination.
"Israel has nothing to do with this incident," Israel's foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.
He pointed out that these “automatic accusations are an innate reflex with Hizbullah,” adding that the party “doesn't need evidence or facts... They just blame anything on Israel.”
Israel's Energy Minister Silvan Shalom reiterated Palmor's denial, telling public radio: "Israel has nothing to do with this.
"Even if we're happy about it, it's the Salafists who have carried it out," Shalom said of extremist Sunni Muslim groups that oppose Hizbullah.
"It's a harsh blow for Hizbullah, which has tried to present the assassination (as Israeli) in order to distract from internal wrangling and divisions in Lebanon brought on by the Syrian" civil war, Shalom said.
Israel also warned Hizbullah against any attack.
"If Hizbullah attacks Israeli territory our response will be firm and painful," Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon was quoted by army radio as saying following the accusations.
Meanwhile, a previously unknown group called “The Brigade of Sunni Freemen in Baalbek” claimed responsibility for Wednesday's assassination.
Another group, the Ansar al-Ummah al-Islamiya Brigade also announced being behind the assassination, holding the Hizbullah official responsible for the "Qusayr massacre" in Syria.
The Wall Street Journal considered Laqqis' assassination a “blow” to Hizbullah and a sign that Lebanon was “further slipping into regional proxy battles and score settling on its territory.”
It quoted a former Israeli intelligence official as saying Laqqis was believed to be the chief of Hizbullah's rocket development.
“According to Fars News Agency Laqqis was in charge of Hizbullah's remote communication and technology network,” the same source added.
“He had an instrumental role in repairing the party's remote communication network after it was damaged in the 2006 war with Israel.”
Speaker Nabih Berri condemned the overnight incident, saying that it bears Israel's hallmark.
“We must remain aware during this time because the enemy is a constant threat to us all,” he added.
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat also commented on the assassination, saying that he condemns political assassinations and all terrorist bombings "in principle."
“The judiciary should take its course in security incidents that have taken place in Lebanon, especially those that have targeted (Beirut's neighborhood of) Dahieh, (the northern city of) Tripoli, and the Iranian embassy,” he remarked in a statement.
Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Rokn Abadi offered his condolences to Hizbullah chief Nasrallah, considering that the “coward acts of Israel and its agents will only make the resistance insist on achieving its goals.”
12 minutes ago LBCI: Laqqis was shot seven times with a 9mm gun and the assailants used silencers during the assassination.
classy. your words your worth little man. and thanks for thinking of me, must mean i really got under your skin.
you're trying to be insulting samy, but you're so hateful and cheap i actually feel sorry for you.
This murderer was one of "the modest" group of farsi mercenaries doing their sectarian Jihad in Qusair.
stop blaming other and start poiting fingers at your self. you still dont understand that your hated in lebanon after all you BS?
playing the israel card is like hearing israel playing the world war 2 card. pathetic..
no surprise here, the bunch of drones rejoice at cowardly assassinations when they're against HA and want us to believe their cries are sincere when it's on one of theirs.
banimachi: it's none of your business what time people come home and what they do, it's not saudi here and people still have the freedom to come and go as they please.
one by one these Iranian extremist militia members will be executed for the crimes they are committing.
geha feels strong today, he's making threats and all. nothing like an assassination to get his juices flowing. but of course, he doesnt encourage them eh? he is just the voice of justice on this earth.
FT, Southern: don't let those fake profiles (banini, ice-drone, gehahaha) fool you.
they are not lebanese and do not represent anyone in lebanon. theyare just shills paid to incite hatred among lebanese. just look at their first reaction: clearing israel as if israelis were poor saints wrongfully accused.
just look at mowaten.. clearing the Syrian regime and assad like they were poor saints..
One Martyr is dead.... Long Live another Martyr!!! It is with heavy heart and deep sorrow, we the Lebanese of all sects received this horrifying news. Hajj Hollo died so that we can live. Alona and I have been in tears all day and cannot get hold of ourselves. Hajj Holaco was one of the 40 warriors guarding Zainab tomb in Damascus. He was killed because he believed in diversity, accepting the other, and for his love of Sunnis and Shias alike. May his soul keep floating like a butterfly over the prairies of Nabatiyeh for eternity. Rest in Peace Hajj Hollo.
since you are Iranian, I do not think you have a say as in who is Lebanese :)
it is normal for any Lebanese to be happy that these extremists Iranian murderers are executed. what is new there?
as a Lebanese living in Lebanon which is occupied by this extremist terrorist iranian militia, I am definitely happy this terrorist was executed, as I will be for each and every other terrorist being killed finally.
geha, you must really think you're witty. lol
i bet you must also think this is an accomplishment don't you? the difference between people like you and people like me is that you satisfy yourself with pathetic things and call them victories. i expect much more. and i believe you only ever reach as high as you aim.
Roaring-FlameThrower....looool at "cannot get hold of ourselves"
@iceman everyone doesn't need to work at your birthplace
lol @ RFT! the prairies of Nabatiyeh:)
Bien dicho RFT, muy bien. It's so effin funny.
bachar and Hassan are doing all atrocities and always blaming Israel!
Israel is not suffering you and your murders, we ARE!
Hezbollah's main achievements is to make ennemies out of themselves and blame Israel for everything.
For all we know, they have 1000 different ennemies with all the reasons in the world to attack them. Yet they blame Israel without any proof or investigation.
Typical of manipulators...
Southern : they call him a jihadist just like your takfiris. You're equals :)
FlameCatcher: Go back to English school (not Hebrew school) and learn how to spell enemies!
Southern : NOTHING GOOD comes out of Hezbollah.
Tell me all the good Hezbollah brings to Lebanese (not just Shiia).
And WAR and DEFENCE and PROTECTING LIES in never good when they are the reasons for needing defence!
What good do they bring to our economy, our image, our future, our education, our healthcare, our infrastructure ?
Nothing ... niet ... 0
In fact, you are incapable of giving me 1 advantage Hezbollah brings to Lebanon.
Today's death is not a "sacrifice". Not for Lebanon anyway... it's your ennemy considering you're getting what you deserve !
yes... Assad is waaaaay better... he killed Lebanese... he tortured Lebanese.. he forced the disappearance of Lebanese... he stole from the Lebanese.. he assassinated the Lebanese... he bullied Lebanese... he forced Lebanese to walk the path of HIS choice...
heaven forbid the takfiris come and do the same...lolol..
once a tool always a tool. being afraid of one group that MIGHT do something to you that the man you hold up high is PROVEN to have done so is the silliest most retarted argument HA has come up with to date...
as I said.. HA gives his masses elephant dung and they devour it like a meal prepared by a 5 Michelin star chef...
maybe to you it is 30 years ago... maybe to you it is the past... but I have family members who were killed AND others who were tortured by your beloved Assad regime,, the one you think is better than what MIGHT come... what Lebanese di to each other.. what Syria did to Lebanese is a totally different thing.. and it is not quite as easily forgotten for me and a HUGE portion of the Lebanese who do not follow men who just tell them to forget...
IT IS NOT PAST... stop acting like a little boy who just looks at the pictures and doesn't read the text.. the Syrians were here for a while physically until 2005.. and they are still here through their garbage proxies including, but not limited to HA, Aoun, Eid, Wahab, Franjieh, Berri and others..
Do not tell me I need to support this man out of fear of the takfiris.. I will pray this man gets tortured.. and what he did to us happens to his family... and IF and WHEN the takfiris come, I will fight them... I don't HAVE to choose between the two.. and I can say SCREW both.. but you are dictated.. and conditioned to accept WHATEVER is told to you.. and you march the line...
joke or no joke.. it is still the stupidest argument to support one man who did.. and still does to Lebanon over others who are, or might do the same things.
7aka badri... nothing useful to say? what a shock and surprise... when m8 have nothing useful to say.. umm.. never mind.. scratch the when... its just plain m8 have nothing useful to say.
and where did I mention go live in iran? where did I say sectarian militia here?
what a useless waste of real estate.
Arzak. I totally understand where you are coming from because I have pretty much the same background as you vis-a-vis Syria. The Syrians massacred people in my town and killed my friends and relatives. And for good measure, I was injured fighting the Syrians and I have to live with the result for the rest of my life. We must never forget what the Assad dynasty did to us, and I for one hope that Assad and his gang will one day be brought to justice for what they did. But we cannot be blinded by hate when the survival of our people (all of our people, regardless of sect) is at stake. The horrors that the Assads brought on us will pale compared to what those Talibans-in-the-Levant have in store for us. Should they take hold in Syria, let alone come to power, we are all in deep, deep trouble. We need to work together to make sure that doesn't happen and that Syria will stabilise around a government that is secular as possible and that would respect our independence.
respect to you Jabal... I am not saying I am for the takfiris.. on the contrary.. I hope this Syrian war drags on and on and the regime and the takfiris and HA just keep knocking each other out .. one by one..
I can never.. EVER forgive the Syrians for what they did to me on a personal level and to my country in general.. and anybody who does is a traitor and has NOTHING Lebanese about him/her
my point is I will stand up to the takfiris when and if they come.. being against the takfiris does not justify standing by the assad regime.. one is evil and hate.. and the other is evil and hate.. why should I be forced to choose??? screw them both..i will enjoy the slow demise of Assad.. and then not hesitate to pick up a gun and go at those takfiris if they come into my homeland and want to make me abide by their rules... one thing at a time dear Jabal.
the minus one compares Bashir to this terrorist Lakkis!!! Interesting....He offers condolences to HA. If this Lakkis thug was killed in Syria while slaughtering Christians, would the minus one be so impassioned in his obituary today? Write your long awaited book.... tfeh and a million tfeh when it comes to sectarians....
mowaten.. I pray you understand me... :
"the fact that you dont want to see they are genocidal maniacs and large scale massacres just waiting to happen is worrying." I do see it as worrying.. and as I said.. I will be the first to stand up against it if and when it comes into my lands... but what I am trying to say is "the fact that you don't want to see that assad is a genocidal maniac and large scale attacks (smaha, eid, etc..etc..) waiting to happen is worrying as well"
I am not trying to disrespect by just changing a few words in your sentence.. but showing you that both are one and the same concerning Lebanon.. they are both bad for our country.. and supporting one out of fear of the other is just wrong.. we have to do the right thing and oppose both if we are to be honest with ourselves, each other and our country.
sure this can go on forever.. or we can erase all wounds (us Lebanese) and say it the way it needs to be said.. death to assad and death to the takfiris.. not choose one over the other.
then maybe the wounds can truly heal..
and an FYI don't blame that thumbs down on me... ive said it a million times.. i don't thumb down anyone.. it is just a pointless gimmick.. if i don't like what they say i answer..
arzak i see what you mean, but i dont think the potential dangers in both are comparable.
one side is calculating and machiavellic, granted, but we can still talk/make deals with them. the other just wont discuss anything and only aims at killing everyone who is not them.
the other thing is about our ability to fight them. look at syria, it is tens of times bigger than us, and their army is tens of times stronger than ours, and yet the fight against takfiris is costing them near total destruction of their country. had syria fallen to them, and they had used its resources to 'annex' lebanon to their "levant" caliphate, how long do you think we would have been able to resist it?
i would have been right there next to you, rifle in hand, but it would have been a lost battle and we both know it. hoping assad wins doesnt mean i like him, it only means i think it is lebanon's best selfish interest.
I rewrite my post as Naharnet seems biased towards sectarians. @the1phoenix: It is shameful that you sympathaize with HA on the loss of this murderer and compare him to Bashir. If this murderer was killed in Syria while slaughtering christians, would you be so sympathetic? Again, I hate sectarians..... tfeh
LOL.... for sure!
in a peculiar way i see what you mean... and to a certain degree agree with what you say... at the end i think most of us wish what they think is best for Lebanon. even though those thoughts might differ. Allah yistor either way... because as i said.. and in some ways i think you agree.. neither are good for Lebanon in the long term.. it is like being a prostitute and not knowing who is going to be doing the do to you tonight.. at the end of the day..i think, as selfish as it might be, and as cruel as it might be, that they keep busy with each other in Syria.. but as you said.. for how long?
Having said that, the best solution would be a settlement that would yield an all-inclusive government in Syria without Assad in the picture.
Somebody is having fun deleting my posts today... I'm I insulting anyone?
glad to see we can understand each other arzak, because i know that despite our differing views we both care about our country.
as long as we have that we can have hope for this country. cheers :)
all I care about is what is happening here in Lebanon and who are invading my country for years now, destroying it bit y bit.
for me, this Iranian extremist terrorist militia is the biggest danger of all, and I am happy for each one of these criminals is killed.
takfiris and so forth in Syria: I could not care less for the time being. let me regain my country and then we will close our borders and deal with any infiltration of such takfiris.
@Naharnet: Why are you deleting my posts? If you want to moderate, then do it with sense and logic. What did you find in my posts that was offensive? Does the phoenix have special treatment at Naharnet and no one is allowed to criticize him? This is shameful....!
May God rest his soul! He dedicated his life to the resistance and defending Lebanon from cannibal terrorists. This will only strengthen Hizbollah's resolve to defend against the Zionist enemy and against the cannibal terrorists. The resistance will persevere and prevail.
@_Flamethrower_ : I never see you come up with a response to the thousands of questions I have asked you. In fact, you evade them or launch irrelevant comments or defamatory accusations left and right without any proof whatsoever.
Same with @Southern or @Mowaten.
But then again, I don't expect any answers from Aounies and Hezbollah supporters. You have a very very twisted view of reality spoon-fed to you by your divine Orators. Aoun and Nassnoussy.
Hezbollah is a an exremist jihadist islamist & terrorist Iranian organisation : incapable of proving me wrong. I have proved every adjective to you.
Aoun is a person who loves himself more than the values he built Tayyar on. He sold his values to the devil for a chance of accessing power. Everything he does today goes against the principles Aounies has fought for. Again, you cannot prove me wrong !
hizb officials are getting sloppy. midnight arrival in mixed area neighborhood with no personal protection?? poor tradecraft yaa sayid. slaughter in syria going on for couple years and some payback is coming their way finally. a couple double taps to this scumbags head in unlit parking lot is an early christmas present to all.
@ Everyone, will you all stop the bullshit? i mean Iran and America are having deals and getting along, and we are still fighting about it in Leb. What hypocrits these iranians! israel cowardly acts blablabla, and they are negotiating with the number one israeli fan and ally which is America! not to mention that cutting off a deal must have included israel's security as well and a promise never to touch them! How can some of you still close their eyes and be so ignorant?? is it only in Lebanon that we have to keep the 3adou el sahyouni wal chitan el amriiiiquiii while they are cutting off deals with those same devils? How hypocrit can you be? its not their bad, its the lebanese people, christian, chiites, sunnites, blinded dummies...have some common sens
lol keyboard warrior, keep cheering at terrorist attacks and dreaming of eradicating shias, but please, please, don't be such a hypocrite this is too pathetic for someone as strong as you. with such power you should be able to say what you really think, not hide behind excuses like a little coward, right?
look up sectarian in the dictionary you caveman, it has nothing to do with majority or percents, it has to do with the way you speak of "sunnis" and "shias"
says the one who flees on the battlefield in front of fighters and then goes to blow up himself in the middle of streets packed with civilians...
flamecatcher: you're either a complete ignorant or of bad faith, but i'd say both.
i assume you're referring to the bombings of the US marines and the israeli military intelligence HQ, if you can't see the difference between that and targeting civilians based on sectarian grounds then i can't do much for you.
I take it your Hajj who was killed today was an innocent civilian.
@Mowaten : I don't distinguish between civilians and military. All are human beings. Military especially who are forced to fight because it's their job, not their will.
A suicide bomber is a suicide bomber. Whoever the target is. There is nothing HONORABLE about killing people whether they are guilty or innocent. It's in fact the most COWARD way of fighting your enemy.
And HA is behind hundreds of suicide bombs. Not just the marines and israeli military.
Again, there is no difference for me because you can only convince a person to blow himself up if you are an extremist and terrorist organisation who BRAINWASHES people.
You seem to be the one who's both an ignorant and of bad faith because you go to extremes to justify HA suicide bombings as something honorable. Takfiris will consider their own suicide bombers as honorable too ... it's a matter of point of view.
For me, you both are a disgrace to humanity ! There is no difference between HA and them ...
as i said, if you can't see the difference between civilian targets and military ones, you're not worth the time i spend trying to explain anything to you.
and cut the hypocrisy please, dont try to pass for a humanist and a pacifist because we both know you're not.
@Mowaten : If you apply different standards to Hezbollah Suicide Bombers and to Takfiri Suicide Bombers, then you are more brainwashed and biased than I think and there is no point in taking this discussion further.
You're the definition of double standards.
I for one condemn both and you fail to do so showing your true face of unconditional defender of Hezbollah. A Sheep. A GHANAM.
And you know nothing about me to accuse me of being M14, pacifist, humanist or the contrary.
I'm the voice of millions of Lebanese who are fed up with both M8 and M14, Hezbollah and Mustaqbal, Aoun and Geagea.
You're the voice of the sheep, brainless idiots, who would go to any means to pass a crime for an honorable act while condemning others of doing the same crime!
You mentioned Hezb blowing up the US marines and Israeli HQ. Did you forget the Hezb blowing up the US embassy killing over 70 people (mostly civilians) and the French embassy killing huge number of civilians as well. Each of these claimed more lives than the causalities in the Iranian embassy. So how about acknowledging FC points and equating the two (we Lebanese need to learn to be fair minded and see things for what they are at all times and not selectively).
The party described Laqqis as a “Jihaddist who spent his entire life as a member of the resistance and a leader who adored martyrdom.”
i guess he's happy now that he is a martyr....
You wouldn't understand about sacrifice yo defend against terrorism and cannibalism.
Sacrifice is Lebanese people throwing their hopes and lives away because of Hezbollah.
Sacrifice is Lebanese people having to flee the country to provide for their families because of Hezbollah. You can blame no one else for this.
You cannot talk about Sacrifice !
May all Lebanese CIVILIANS (Including all Hezbollah fighters) holding weapons die a horrible death !
You are full of lies and deception. The majority of Lebanese disagree with your lies. You are a part of the cannibal terrorist minority soon to be eliminated.
LebPatriot : I'm part of the Lebanese voiceless MAJORITY that will take back this country from you M8 and M14 brainwashed imbeciles.
We will eat Takfiri and Hezbollah terrorists for breakfast and make sure you sheep are buried in our sewers !
Until then, may you "sacrifice" all your Hebzollah terrorists, criminals and killers ... i don't see M14 armies threatening to take over the country any time soon...
If what you say is true, that you are a part of a voiceless group of Lebanese, then your claim to be in the majority is false. Just add up the numbers. You are a lying cannibal terrorist claiming to be voiceless. You are losing battle after battle and soon you will bf eliminated. The resistance will prevail.
You truly are an idiot ! Where do you make i'm a cannibal terrorist ?
I'm a christian by the way who pisses on the likes of you sheep who still follow Aoun and Geagea.
Show me your numbers ? 55% of people voted in 2009. Almost 27.5% M14, 27.5% M8. That means 45% of Lebanese piss on you M14 / M8 idiots.
Of the 55% who voted, over half voted AGAINST M8 / M14. Not FOR M8 / M14. People vote because they hate the others. Not because they love their own politicians.
What is your majority ? It's the majority of sheep in Lebanon who invent lies and BS and know nothing about what's happening on the ground. You thrive on bedtime stories given to you by your failed leaders and live in a fairy tale land!
don't waste your time Fc with the stupidity of this person... she only can repeat like a parrot what she sees on elmanar... those people believe that half the lebanese population are cannibals and must be eliminated... need more proof of her stupidity?
just tell her : LOL!
@Lebpatriot ... believe what you want.
Numbers are not mine... google them.
If you want to believe in Santa, Allah Holding a Kalashnikov and that your victory was Divine, fine by me...
I believe in facts and truth...
Keep living in your illusion but be careful, it hurts when things come crumbling down !
to lebwhatever... LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
go and get a brain....
Israeli/Takfiri plot and attack as always. Allah yer7amo justice will be served to those responsible :)
You never answer my questions, your idea of answers are pointing the other way and avoiding the problem alltogether.
I tell you Hezbollah X, you answer Hariri Y and Takfiri Z. This is not an answer. This is avoiding the problem and inventing excuses.
If other people commit crimes, kill and murder, this doesn't give you a "licence" to do the same.
This in fact is the Zionist way of dealing with things... Avoid the question by pointing the other way or raising another question.
Where is Lebanon... They talk in the news as if this guy is from the lebanese army... He is just a terrorist.. Lebnaon is gone.
It Sounds Like Israel To Me. If it was from inside Lebanon he would have been car bombed. He was killed by sniper fire with a SILENCER.
It is plausible that he was killed in Syria and to mitigate the repercussions Hezb decided to stage this scenario ...... otherwise the backlash from the Shia community would start growing and demanding pull out from Syria.
Obviously this is only a theory which can not be proven or discounted.
Hello, its nice piece of writing regarding media print, we all
be aware of media is a fantastic source of