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Brother of Hamas Foreign Minister Injured in Lebanon Car Bomb

14 January 2018

A military source said a BMW in the southern port city of Sidon "detonated, wounding Hamas official Mohammed Hamdan".

A vehicle explosion rocked the Lebanese southern city of Sidon on Sunday and injured its owner who was identified as Mohammed Hamdan, the Lebanese army said in a statement.

The target, Mohamed Hamdan, was not a publicly known Hamas figure in Lebanon and did not appear to have a public or political role.

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Hamas did not immediately issue a statement on the blast.

Lebanese security forces imposed a security cordon around the site of the blast.

Hamdan was reportedly conscious following the attack, and was rapidly transferred to a nearby hospital, the source said.

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The most densely-populated of these camps is Ain el-Hilweh, which lies near Sidon and is home to some 61,000 Palestinians, including 6,000 who have fled the war in neighbouring Syria.

Local media reported that Hamas had released a statement denying that any of its officials had been killed in the attack.

The group has previously accused Israel of being involved in the assassination of a number of its members inside and outside Palestine.

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Brother of Hamas Foreign Minister Injured in Lebanon Car Bomb