'Blast rocks Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon'

Lebanese media says blast in southern coastal city of Tyre occurred at Hezbollah arms cache.

November 23, 2011 10:36
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Hezbollah rocket launcher

Hezbollah rocket launcher 311 (R). (photo credit: Reuters)

A large explosion rocked a Hezbollah stronghold in the coastal city of Tyre in southern Lebanon late Tuesday night, Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star reported on Wednesday.

The Daily Star quoted local media as saying the explosion took place at a Hezbollah arms cache. A Lebanese security source did not confirm the media reports, saying the cause of the blast could not be determined due to a Hezbollah closure placed on the area.

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UNIFIL peacekeepers stationed in southern Lebanon told The Daily Star that they heard about the explosion on the news. "We have no information at the moment. We are checking this report," UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti was quoted as saying.

Hezbollah declined comment on the reports.

In July, an explosion took place at a Hezbollah headquarters in a south Beirut suburb, reportedly injuring Samir Kuntar, a terrorist previously jailed in Israel.

Lebanese security forces were prevented from investigating the blast by Hezbollah.

The circumstances behind the blast were unclear, but at the time DPA cited various Lebanese newspapers as saying that a small bomb or hand grenade could have been the cause of the blast.

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