3 Hizbullah Fighters Die in Blast at 'Old Ammo Depot' in Bekaa's Nabi Sheetإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Three Hizbullah fighters were killed and several other people wounded 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 explosion left three of our jihadist brothers martyred and several other people wounded,” Hizbullah added, noting that “efforts are underway to address the incident's consequences in collaboration with the relevant authorities.”
Earlier on Wednesday, a Lebanese security official told Agence France Presse that at least nine people were killed and seven injured in the blasts, but Radio Voice of Lebanon (93.3) said the death toll was revised to three after some missing persons who were counted as dead turned out to be alive.
Among the wounded 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 explosions," the security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, 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 Lebanon (100.5) said a four-story building collapsed due to the explosion, quoting witnesses as saying that a number of bodies were still beneath the debris.
State-run National News Agency said three explosions 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.