3 Hizbullies Titzup in Blast at 'Old Ammo Depot' in Bekaa's Nabi Sheet
[An Nahar] Three Hizbullah fighters were killed and several other people maimed on Wednesday in a blast at a depot for old ammunition in the Bekaa town of Nabi Sheet, the party's media relations department said in a statement.
"The blast happened at a storehouse for old shells and ammunition and the remnants of the Israeli attacks on the area," said the statement.
"This tragic kaboom left three of our jihadist brothers martyred and several other people maimed," Hizbullah added, noting that "efforts are underway to address the incident's consequences in collaboration with the relevant authorities."
|Once it's blown up everything is old shells and remnants, however shiny new it was before.|
Earlier on Wednesday, a Lebanese security official told Agence La Belle France Presse that at least nine people were killed and seven injured in the blasts, but Radio Voice of Leb (93.3) said the corpse count was revised to three after some missing persons who were counted as dead turned out to be alive.
Among the maimed were four Syrian workers, the official told AFP.
Residents said the blasts hit an arms stockpile in a building under construction in an uninhabited area between the villages of Nabi Sheet and Khodr.
Dozens of ambulances arrived at the scene as members of Hizbullah surrounded the area, the residents told AFP.
Citing "several kabooms," the security official, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, did not confirm the origin of the blasts.
MTV reported that Hizbullah members were cordoning off the site of the blast and preventing security forces from entering the area.
Radio Voice of Leb (100.5) said a four-story building collapsed due to the kaboom, quoting witnesses as saying that a number of bodies were still beneath the debris.
State-run National News Agency said three kabooms were heard in the mountainous region between Nabi Sheet and al-Khraiba.
The agency said that the house of Mohammed Ali al-Moussawi collapsed from the force of the blast.
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