Vehicle bomb wounds Hamas official in Lebanon: military source

Bomb placed in car wounds Palestinian in southern Lebanon

Bomb placed in car wounds Palestinian in southern Lebanon

Ma'an cited sources who claimed an Israeli aircraft was flying in the vicinity of Sidon at the moment of the explosion.

A bomb blast wounded a member of the Palestinian group Hamas in the Lebanese city of Sidon on Sunday, destroying his auto as he was about to enter it. "Preliminary evidence points to Zionist (involvement) behind this crime", it said in a statement.

An AFP journalist in Sidon saw the burnt-out vehicle in a parking lot. He was about to get into the vehicle when it exploded and caught fire. However, Hamas' representative in Lebanon Ali Baraka told the local television channel LBC that the explosion did not target any Hamas officials. It reported that he appeared to have a security role and was being tracked by Israel. "His work is linked to internal Palestinian affairs", the source said.

Hamas leader Jihad Taha blamed Israel for the attack.

Sidon, which lies some 40 kilometres south of the capital Beirut, is home to two of Lebanon's 12 Palestinian refugee camps.

These units which include Hamas, rival Palestinian faction Fatah and other groups - have fought several battles with jihadist groups inside Ain al-Hilweh.

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