Hezbollah Chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
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Hezbollah denies explosion in munitions warehouse

Shiite group issues official statement denying mysterious explosion in southern Lebanon took place in one of its strongholds

Hezbollah issued an official statement on Wednesday denying that the mysterious explosion in southern Lebanon took place in one of their strongholds.


"Contrary to reports, the Siddiqin incident has nothing to do with any of Hezbollah's munitions warehouses," the statement said.


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Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that a massive explosion took place at a Hezbollah facility near Siddiqin, in the southern coastal city of Tyre.


There were no reports of injuries in the blast.


According to reports, Hezbollah cordoned off the immediate area following the explosion, preventing Lebanese security forces from getting within a one-kilometer radius of the blast.


The blast took place in a UNIFIL-controlled area in Lebanon. Should Hezbollah have a munitions warehouse in the area, it is in clear violation of UN Resolution 1701.


A UNIFIL team is scheduled to arrive at the scene and investigate. A spokesman for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon said that the agency had no firsthand knowledge of the event and that it had learned of the explosion from the media.




פרסום ראשון: 11.23.11, 22:03
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