An explosion shook the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon on Tuesday, with local media reporting that the blast was a controlled detonation of old ammunition by the Hezbollah terror group.
The Lebanese army did not immediately offer comment on the explosion, which some Arabic media initially reported was the result of an Israeli strike, though no sources were provided to substantiate the claim.
No official statement was released by Hezbollah either.
Footage from the village of al-Nabi Sheet, near the Syrian border, showed smoke billowing from the mountainside where the explosion took place.
Earlier this month, arms stored for the Palestinian Hamas terror group exploded in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon, killing and wounding roughly a dozen people. A fire that started in a diesel tanker spread to a nearby mosque and triggered some of the weapons that appeared to have been stored inside the mosque, according to residents, though Palestinian official told AFP that there were no weapons at the site and that oxygen bottles had exploded.
An explosion was reported east of Baalbek in the Bekaa area
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Hours before Tuesday’s Bekaa Valley blast, Israeli warplanes reportedly fired a number of missiles at the port of the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, causing large explosions and fires, in the second alleged Israeli strike in a month on the key facility.
For years, Israel avoided conducting strikes against the Latakia port due to the large presence of Russian forces nearby, despite Iran allegedly using the terminal to transport advanced munitions through it to its proxies in the region, notably the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group.