Owner of Lebanon warehouse burning 24 hours after strike denies site was Hezbollah arms depot

People gather at a destroyed warehouse that Israel says is a Hezbollah arms depot, still burning after it was hit a day earlier in Israeli airstrikes, at an industrial district in the southern coastal town of Ghazieh, Lebanon, Feb. 20, 2024 (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
People gather at a destroyed warehouse that Israel says is a Hezbollah arms depot, still burning after it was hit a day earlier in Israeli airstrikes, at an industrial district in the southern coastal town of Ghazieh, Lebanon, Feb. 20, 2024 (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

The owner of a Lebanese warehouse struck by Israeli jets yesterday and still burning some 24 hours later denies the claim that it is a Hezbollah weapons depot.

“This is a company registered for 11 years that works with electricity generators, open from morning until night, receiving customers all day,” Mohamad Khalifa tells The Associated Press. “There is nothing hidden here. The claim that this has weapons is a lie.”

The airstrike reduced the warehouse to scraps, with fires still burning some 24 hours later.

Strikes on two warehouses were carried out after a drone attack hit northern Israel earlier yesterday, causing no injuries or damage.

Hezbollah-led forces began launching daily attacks on Israeli communities and military posts along the border on October 8. The terror group says it is doing so to support Gaza amid Israel’s war with the Hamas terror group, triggered by its October 7 massacre.

Yesterday’s strikes on two alleged weapons depots near Ghaziyeh wounded 14 people, according to the Lebanese state-run National News Agency.

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