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Explosion rocks Lebanese town near Israel border
December 17, 2012 11:10
Lebanese security source says blast caused by undetonated rocket fired by Israel during 2006 war with Hezbollah.
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UNIFIL 311 R. (photo credit:REUTERS/Ali Hashisho)

TAIR HARFA, Lebanon - A big explosion rocked the southern Lebanese town of Tair Harfa on Monday, five km. from the border with Israel but there were no casualties, residents said.

A Lebanese security source said the blast was caused by a rocket that had been fired by Israel into Lebanon during the 2006 war with Hezbollah but did not detonate on impact.

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But Andrea Tenenti, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, said UNIFIL soldiers in the area were still trying to ascertain the cause.

A Reuters reporter said that members of the militant group Hezbollah, the Lebanese Army and around 50 members of UNIFIL were at the site of the blast but that he was prevented from approaching the area.

UNIFIL has about 12,000 troops and naval personnel in the country after its expansion under UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that halted the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in southern Lebanon. The south remains a Hezbollah stronghold.

Despite domestic demands for the group to disarm, Hezbollah keeps stockpiles of weapons - including thousands of rockets - saying it will need them in the event of a new war with Israel.

On Oct. 3, three Hezbollah members were killed when an explosion ripped through a weapons warehouse in the eastern Lebanon town of Nabi Sheet.
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