Explosion Rocks Southern Lebanon

Seven weeks after the massive explosion at Beirut port, an explosion on Tuesday hit a Hezbollah stronghold in Southern Lebanon sending thick grey smoke billowing over the village.

Though the cause of the explosion was not known as at the time of filing this report, a Lebanese security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed that the explosion occurred in an arms depot for Hezbollah in the village.

However, another local Hezbollah official who could not confirm any casualties said the nature of the blast was not yet clear.

It was gathered that members of the group imposed a security cordon, barring journalists from reaching the area while footage broadcast by the local Al Jadeed station showed damage to buildings and debris scattered across a large area. There was no immediate comment from both the Lebanese government and the Israeli military.

Hezbollah and Israel fought a month-long war in 2006. Since then, the militant group is believed to have expanded its arsenal, amassing tens of thousands of rockets and missiles that can hit virtually anywhere in Israel.

You will recall that the massive explosion at Beirut port was caused by the detonation of nearly 3,000 tons of improperly stored ammonium nitrate. reported that the Beirut explosion killed nearly 200 people, injured 6,500 and damaged tens of thousands of buildings.

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