Explosion in Lebanon destroys Hizbullah facility said to contain missiles

Special to WorldTribune.com

NICOSIA — A major munitions warehouse of the Iranian-sponsored
Hizbullah has been destroyed.

Lebanese security sources said a Hizbullah arsenal outside the southern
port city of Tyre was blown up on Nov. 23. The sources said the
facility was believed to contain hundreds of missiles and rockets for the
Hizbullah military.

“Given these findings, the explosion was most likely caused by a mine or
a cluster bomb,” the Lebanese Army said on Nov. 23.

Hizbullah responded quickly to the blast and sealed off the Tyre-area
village of Sidiqin. Lebanese security forces and United Nations
peacekeepers stood hundreds of meters away and watched the Hizbullah
cleanup. Later, Hizbullah denied that its facility was bombed.

This marked the second major blast of a Hizbullah facility in three
months. In July, an explosion rocked Hizbullah headquarters in a suburb of

Hizbullah has usually blamed Israel for the explosions. The Israeli
military has been monitoring the Hizbullah buildup in southern and eastern
Lebanon, said to have resulted in an arsenal of more than 50,000 missiles.

The Shi’ite militia has been undergoing a buildup amid regional tension,
particularly the revolt in Syria. The Saudi satellite television channel Al
Arabiya reported that Hizbullah was preparing to seize power in Lebanon
should the Assad regime collapse.

“As soon as Hizbullah will sense that the collapse of Assad’s regime is
imminent, armed cells will quickly begin operating to seize control of
eastern and western Beirut,” Al Arabiya, quoting a source close to
Hizbullah, said on Nov. 22. “This operation, which will be coordinated with
Hizbullah’s allies, including Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement, will be
carried out under the banner of ‘Protecting the resistance and its weapons inside Lebanon.’ ”

Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah has warned that Lebanon
would not abandon Assad. Nasrallah said any war against Iran and Syria would
engulf the entire region.

“They should understand that a war on Iran and Syria will not remain in
Iran and Syrian territory, but it will engulf the whole region and there is
no escaping this reality,” Nasrallah said on Nov. 21.

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