Monday, October 12, 2009

Hizballah Explosion

I like coming back home to good news, although I'm not sure which report is accurate:

Munitions store blown up at Hizballah's South Lebanon command center
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
October 12, 2009, 9:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
A big explosion hit Hizballah's main command HQ in South Lebanon, near Tayr Felsay east of the port town of Tyre, at 0800 Monday night, Oct 12, DEBKAfile's military sources report. Senior Lebanese sources said there were at least 8 people killed or injured in the blast. The command center was located in the residential compound of senior Hizballah operative Saeed Nasser.
Under the terms of the truce which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hizballah and UN Security Council resolution 1701, Hizballah was forbidden to maintain armed forces or weapons in South Lebanon. To avoid confirming their non-compliance with these terms, Hizballah sources Monday night leaked a story that old munitions left over from that conflict caused the blast.
This was the second explosion in four months of a large Hizballah arms dump in South Lebanon. The first blew up at Hirbet Salim in South Lebanon On July 25.


Unconfirmed reports: Senior Hizbullah member killed in blast
At least two people were killed in an explosion in a building in a small Lebanese village near the coastal city of Tyre, Lebanon, sources said on Monday evening.
The building is reportedly the home of senior Hizbullah official Abd al-Nasser Issa. Security forces in Lebanon reported that both Issa and his son were killed in the explosion. Three other people were reportedly killed in the blast.
Hizbullah denied any casualties, saying that only one person was wounded.
The organization has been warning its senior officials against assassination attempts.
The explosion was heard at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the village of Tyre Falasia. Hizbullah sources told a Lebanese news website that the explosion originated in an IDF artillery shell that was left over from the Second Lebanon War.
Another report stated that the explosion followed a meeting held by Hizbullah officials in the village. Sources in the village estimated that the officials arrived at the home of Issa to practice the preparation of explosive devices or rockets and the explosion was caused by an accident. The sources said a fire started following the explosion and that firefighters had to cut electrical power to the village in order to quell the flames. The Lebanese Armed Forces were reportedly investigating the incident.
The explosion was followed by secondary explosions, an indication that there were large quantities of dynamite in the building.

I'm betting on the Debka Report, especially as Ha'Aretz corroborates it here. CNN has nothing yet.

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