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Hezbollah mourns senior leader
Moghaniyah was one of Hezbollah's most senior
and trusted commanders [AFP]
|Hezbollah officials and relatives of Moghaniyeh|
mourned his death in Beirut [AFP]
Amin said that the fact that he was killed in
There have been many attempts on Moghaniyah's life in the past 20 years, she reported.
His death comes amid a continuing political power vacuum in Lebanon, with opposing political factions failing to agree on a new president and the distribution of key cabinet portfolios.
Moghaniyah's funeral is set to coincide with the anniversary of the death of Rafiq al-Hariri, a former Lebanese prime minister who was killed in a bomb blast in Beirut in 2005.
Al-Hariri's son, Saad al-Hariri, currently leads the ruling March 14 coalition bloc in Lebanon, which has faced growing opposition by Hezbollah and its political allies.
An Israeli cabinet minister hailed the killing, but said he did not know who was behind the attack.
Gideon Ezra, the Israeli environment minister, said: "I, of course, do not know who carried out the assassination of Imad, but he should be blessed."
The comment was the first by a member of the Israeli government of Ehud Olmert, the prime minister.
Later on Wednesday, Olmert's office denied allegations that it played any role in the killing.
"Israel rejects the attempts of terror elements to attribute to Israel any involvement in this incident," his office said in a statement.
Israeli news media predicted that Hezbollah would attempt to carry out revenge attacks against Israeli targets.
Israeli radio and television interrupted their normal programming to announce the death of what one broadcaster called "the most dangerous of terrorists in the
"The score has been settled: Imad Moghaniyah was liquidated in
Privately run Channel Two television immediately called for security to be increased at Israeli diplomatic missions around the world.
The Palestinian Hamas movement joined Hezbollah in accusing
The movement called for the Arab world to unite against
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas official, said: "We urge the Muslim and Arab nations to act decisively against the Zionist [Israeli] octopus that threatens the security of Arab and Muslim countries."
Abu Zuhri warned
According to the
The blast late on Tuesday took place in the upmarket Kafar Soussa residential neighbourhood of
Al Jazeera's Abdul Hamid Tawfiq, reporting from
Syrian security forces cordoned off the site and prevented any one from taking pictures, even by mobile phones, he said.
"When taking a close look at the car, we noticed that it was not burnt or blackened, but the driver's and passengers' seats were damaged," Tawfiq said, stressing that he believed that a bomb was planted under the driver's seat.
Hezbollah is backed by both
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