At approximately 1745 local time (1545 UTC) on 2 January 2024, an explosion occurred in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh. Local reports indicate that an explosives-laden drone struck a Hamas office near a sweets shop, setting ablaze two nearby vehicles. At least seven people were killed in the explosion, including the deputy political head of Hamas and two leaders of the group’s military wing. The strike marks the first targeted assassination of Hamas officials outside the Palestinian territories since the militant group’s 7 October assault on Israel, although the Israeli military has not claimed responsibility for the attack.