An arms depot of the Shia Muslim group Hezbollah exploded in Southern Lebanon, sending a new shockwave across the country. Hezbollah surrounded the blast site after a fire broke out in the village of Ain Qana. It’s 30 miles south away from Beirut which was devastated by last month’s port disaster, on Tuesday and that it was investigating.
Security sources said yesterday’s blast was caused by a ‘technical error’ and had caused a number of injuries, although Hezbollah officials have not confirmed any casualties.
Hezbollah members forced a security cordon around the blast area, barring journalists from reaching it. Footage records broadcast by the local Al Jadeed station showed damage to buildings and debris scattered across a large area.
This Hezbollah explosion comes seven weeks after the powerful explosion at Beirut port in Lebonan, caused by the detonation of nearly 3,000 tonnes of improperly stored ammonium nitrate.
The explosion killed nearly 200 people, nearly injured 6,500, and damaged tens of thousands of buildings in the capital, Beirut. The explosion killed nearly 200 people, nearly injured 6,500, and damaged tens of thousands of buildings in the capital, Beirut. There is still not clear what caused the initial fire that forced the chemicals, and so far no one has been held accountable. The blasts have plunged the country into its worst crisis since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war.
Hezbollah is a Shiite Muslim political party and militant group organized in Lebanon, where its wide security apparatus, political organization, and social services network fostered its honor as “a state within a state.”
Founded in the problems of the fifteen-year Lebanese Civil War, the Iran-backed group is driven by its opposition to Israel and its resistance to Western influence in the Middle East.