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Israel reopens probe into deadly 1982 blast at military headquarters in Lebanon war

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Rescue workers search for survivors after an explosion at Israeli military headquarters in the Lebanese city of Tyre in 1982. (Wikimedia Commons/IDF Archive)
Rescue workers search for survivors after an explosion at Israeli military headquarters in the Lebanese city of Tyre in 1982. (Wikimedia Commons/IDF Archive)

Israeli authorities say they will reinvestigate materials related to a deadly explosion at Israel’s military headquarters in Tyre during the first Lebanon war in 1982, widely believed to have been a suicide bombing.

In a joint statement by the Israel Defense Forces, Shin Bet security agency, and Israel Police, officials say a joint team will be established to examine the incident known as the first Tyre bombing.

Officially, Israel has said the explosion was caused by a gas leak, although multiple reports have suggested it was a Hezbollah suicide bombing attack.

The explosion killed at least 91 people according to Israeli officials, including 75 Israelis and several more Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners.

Officials say the case is being reopened “out of respect for the fallen and the search for the truth,” as last week marked 40 years since the blast.

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