Blast rocks Lebanon’s southern villageSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 18/12/2012 6:52 am in World / no comments
BEIRUT, Dec. 17 — An explosion shook a village on the outskirts of Lebanese southern town Tairharfa at dawn on Monday, causing material damage only, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.
According to the NNA, the blast occurred in an abandoned henhouse used as a storage facility for arms and ammunition.
Other media reports said the target, only 200 meters away from residential buildings, was a suspected Hezbollah munition depot.
The area was cordoned off after the blast. The NNA said the Lebanese army later blocked the roads leading to the henhouse, as military and Internal Security Forces units arrived at the scene to investigate the incident.
Andrea Tenenti, spokesman for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), was quoted as saying that the UNIFIL was investigating the incident and would issue a statement later in the day.
Tairharfa Mayor Hussein Qassem Haidar said the blast was caused by a rocket left over from the last war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006. He urged the state to clear the areas “with cluster bombs” so that the residents could use them as agricultural lands.
A similar explosion took place on Oct. 3 in Nabi Sheet in the eastern province of Baalbek. Hezbollah said at the time that three of its members were killed at the munition depot used to store old shells and ammunition as well as ordnance from the Israeli shelling of the area.