Former Hezbollah official found dead in Beirut flat

Ali Hatoum had served as a former official in the Iran-backed militant Hezbollah group. (AFP/File photo)
Updated 09 September 2019

Former Hezbollah official found dead in Beirut flat

  • Security forces immediately opened an investigation into the death of Ali Hatoum

BEIRUT: A former official in the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah was found dead in his flat in a Beirut neighborhood, the state-run Lebanese news agency said on Sunday.
Security forces immediately opened an investigation and were awaiting the arrival of a forensic doctor to determine the cause of death, National News Agency said, giving only the initials of the man.
A Hezbollah official confirmed the death of Ali Hatoum and told Reuters an investigation was under way but that it did not appear to be security related.
The news agency gave no other information nor what position the deceased had held in the group.
Hezbollah and the Israeli army exchanged cross-border fire last Sunday after a drone attack in a Hezbollah-controlled Beirut suburb in the fiercest shelling exchange between the two adversaries since the 2006 Lebanon war.
Hezbollah had blamed Israel for the drone attack and its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned that it could be a precursor to assassination attacks by Israel.


Dozens killed in Houthi attack on camp in Yemen’s Marib

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Dozens killed in Houthi attack on camp in Yemen’s Marib

  • Reports say nearly 30 military personnel killed

MARIB, Yemen: Iranian-backed Houthi militia attacked a military training camp in the Yemeni city of Marib on Saturday, killing dozens of people, according to reports.

Medical sources in Yemen told Reuters nearly 30 military personnel had been killed.

The strike follows a similar attack in November last year, when Houthi militants fired a missile at the headquarters of the Arab coalition fighting to support the internationally-recognized government of Yemen, which killed seven Yemeni soldiers and injured at least 12.