The killing of Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri has sparked strong reactions from pro-Iranian media in the Middle East. The response ranges from claims that the killing will not go “unpunished” to assertions that Hamas “resistance” will remain strong.
Al-Mayadeen, a pro-Iranian media outlet, has published seven articles on the killing, including a piece that provides background information on who Arouri was before his death. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has vowed that Hamas “will never be defeated” and denounced the killing as a “terrorist” act of aggression.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has also expressed that the assassination will not go unpunished. The Houthis in Yemen, who have been attacking ships in the Red Sea, claimed that the killing will only make their attacks stronger. Meanwhile, Hamas boasts about its ongoing battles with Israel in the Gaza Strip.
Iran’s Tasnim News has reported on the assassination, highlighting the Iranian foreign ministry’s criticism of the killing. Fars News, which is affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has covered the reactions of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, another Iranian proxy. The media reflects a consistent message that there will be retaliation against Israel and that Hamas will not be weakened by the killing.
The pro-Iran media’s response indicates a unified message that Iran’s proxies and allies will not be deterred by the killing of Arouri. The media coverage suggests that Iran is preparing for potential conflicts and retaliatory actions against Israel and the United States.