A Hamas leader is killed – what’s the state of play in the Middle East?

An air raid in Beirut, bombings in Iran, warships in the Red Sea – all in just the first week of 2024.

People gather near a damaged site following an explosion, in what security sources say is an Israeli drone strike, at the Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon January 2, 2024
People gather near a damaged site following an explosion, in what security sources say is an Israeli drone attack, at the Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon January 2, 2024 [Mohamed Azakir/Reuters]

With the assassination of a top Hamas leader in Lebanon, twin blasts in Iran, and Israel’s continuing war on Gaza, 2024 is already off to a turbulent start in the Middle East. So what’s the state of play in the region?

In this episode: 

  • Rami Khouri (@RamiKhouri), Distinguished public policy fellow at American University of Beirut

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Source: Al Jazeera