Mahmoud al-Majzoub

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Mahmoud al-Majzoub also known as Abu Hamza (c. 1965 – May 26, 2006) was a top Palestinian Islamic Jihad official and a senior leader of the group. He was also a liaison officer who had strong ties to Iran's IRGC and Hezbollah. He was killed in a car bomb blast in Sidon on 26 May 2006,[1] when a bomb attached inside the car door exploded as he opened it. His brother Nidal al-Majzoub also died in the explosion. PIJ, Hezbollah and the Lebanese Government stated that they held Mossad and Israel responsible for the bombing, but Israel denied it.

In mid-June 2006, the Lebanese authorities arrested a group of alleged spies, among them a certain Mahmoud Rafeh, who reportedly confessed to working for Israel and carrying out the attack. Some Lebanese opponents of Hezbollah suspect this spy ring is a Hezbollah fabrication.[2]


  1. ^ "Islamic Jihad member killed in Lebanon". CNN. 26 May 2006. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ Blanford, Nicholas (15 June 2006). "Lebanon exposes deadly Israeli spy ring". The Times. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2006.