The United States has no reason to believe Israel was involved in the assassination of Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri in Beirut, according to State Department spokesman Matthew Miller. Miller clarified that the US was not involved in any way and called suggestions of their involvement “ridiculous.” He also stated that there is no information to suggest Israeli involvement and that US and Israeli officials speak multiple times a day.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah blamed Israel for the killing, but Miller stated that the US had received no information about a potential strike before the assassination. The US, France, and others are working to prevent further escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.
The US has sent messages to allies that it is in no one’s interest for the conflict to escalate further. US special envoy Amos Hochstein is expected to visit Israel in an effort to contain the conflict on Israel’s northern border.
Hezbollah and Hamas believe that Israel was responsible for the assassination, which could complicate mediation efforts for a hostage deal by Egypt and Qatar. Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but has made threats against Hamas leaders.
The US is continuing to engage in quiet conversations to achieve the release of hostages. It is estimated that around 129 hostages remain in Gaza, including six American citizens.
Overall, the US is working to prevent further escalation of the conflict and to achieve the release of hostages held in Gaza.