Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Hollande depicted as Hitler

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Boko Haram crisis: Militants forced from north eastern Nigerian town

Read more

REPORTERS

Syria: Wresting control of Kobani from IS group

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

A who's who of the 'Bettencourt trial'

Read more

FOCUS

Golan Heights on edge...

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Eugene Kaspersky: Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure 'just a question of time'

Read more

#THE 51%

Equality in the workplace: Bridging the gender pay gap

Read more

ENCORE!

The culture stars trying to save the world

Read more

#TECH 24

Technology helping visually impaired people

Read more

Middle east

Hezbollah members killed in arms depot explosion

Latest update : 2012-10-03

Three members of the militant group Hezbollah were killed Wednesday when explosions tore through a warehouse in the eastern Lebanese town of Nabi Sheet that members of the group said was used to store old ammunition.

A series of blasts killed three Hezbollah fighters at a weapons storage depot in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa valley on Wednesday, the powerful Shiite movement said.

A Lebanese security official had previously said that at least nine people were killed in the explosion, including four Syrian workers.

"Sources from the resistance (Hezbollah) reported that a blast took place in an arms depot of shells, ammunition and remnants of Israel's shelling in the area," said Hezbollah.

"This unfortunate blast led to the martyrdom of three fighters," the Lebanese group said in a statement carried by its television channel, Al-Manar.

"Work is continuing in order to deal with the accident, in coordination with the relevant agencies," the Hezbollah statement added.

Earlier, a Lebanese security official who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity said that a series of blasts killed at least nine people and wounded seven.

Among the wounded, according to the official, were four Syrian workers, though the Hezbollah statement did not mention them.

Residents said several people were wounded when an arms stockpile exploded in a building under construction in an uninhabited area between the villages of Nabishit and Khodr.

Dozens of ambulances arrived at the scene as members of the Shiite Hezbollah movement surrounded the area, they told AFP.

The security official confirmed there had been "several explosions" but gave no immediate word on where they struck.

Hezbollah, which fought a devastating 2006 war with Israel, has a huge arsenal of tens of thousands of rockets, which it says it needs to retain in case of any new conflict with the Jewish state.

Hezbollah and its allies, which lead Lebanon's governing coalition, support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his 18-month battle against rebels seeking to oust him. The Lebanese opposition is bitterly opposed to the Damascus regime.

(AFP)

 

Date created : 2012-10-03

  • LEBANON

    Thousands obey Hezbollah chief's calls for protests

    Read more

  • LEBANON

    Pope appeals for global peace at open-air Mass in Lebanon

    Read more

  • LEBANON - SYRIA

    Syria crisis fuels further clashes in Lebanon

    Read more

COMMENT(S)