Explosions rock southern Lebanon village

Lebanese officials say blast may have been caused by an explosion at a Hizbullah weapons warehouse.

September 3, 2010 14:47
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Smoke rises from the southern border village of Adaisseh after an exchange of fire between Israeli a

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — Explosions ripped through a building Friday in southern Lebanon that might have been used to store weapons by the militant group Hizbullah, Lebanese security officials said.

It was not clear whether there were any casualties from the blasts, which set off a large fire, the officials said. Rescue crews responded to the scene.

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The three-story building is in the Hizbullah-dominated village of Shehabiyeh, part of a volatile border zone south of the Litani River in which Hizbullah has been banned from having weapons under a UN resolution that ended the 2006 war between the terror group and Israel.

The area is patrolled by UN troops and Lebanese soldiers and has been largely peaceful since the war, but there have been a number of mysterious explosions in the past year at buildings suspected of housing Hizbullah arms caches.

It was not clear what caused Friday's blasts, but one of the officials said it might have been triggered by an electrical short circuit setting off secret Hizbullah munitions.

The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are barred by military regulations from speaking to journalists.

The IDF said that the incident is an internal Lebanese matter, Channel 10 news reported.

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