Tyre — An explosion of Hamas weapons and ammunition warehouse in the Palestinian refugee camp Al-Burj Al-Shamali; in the port city of Tyre, southern Lebanon, has killed 13 people late Friday.
Security sources say this is a preliminary report, and the death toll could rise. The Lebanese army and ambulances entered the camp to transport the injured as plumes of black smoke were seen over the site, with rescuers searching for the survivors.
Camp residents said that they heard a massive explosion near a mosque; belonging to the Hamas movement in Burj Al-Shamali camp, and soon a huge fire erupted.
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One of the camp’s residents reported hearing successive explosions followed the first explosion as buildings shook with people running onto the street in fear.
Investigations into the circumstances of the explosion began with Lebanon’s State Prosecutor of Appeal in the South; Judge Rahif Ramadan assigning the security services and explosives experts the responsibility.
Meanwhile, a military source denied that the massive explosion at the weapons and foodstuffs warehouse belonged to Hamas. One of the camp’s officials has noted that the warehouse contained gas bottles and oxygen devices and did not contain ammunition.
With its presence in several Palestinian camps in Lebanon, Hamas has not issued any official statement about the massive explosion.
According to the sources, armed Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Fatah movement; control about 10 Palestinian camps in the country, with no Lebanese control over them.