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1 killed, 7 injured after blast hits scout centre in Lebanon

Supporters of Shia groups demonstrating in Beirut, Lebanon on October 14, 2021. [Hussam Shbaro - Anadolu Agency]
Supporters of Shia groups demonstrating in Beirut, Lebanon on October 14, 2021. [Hussam Shbaro - Anadolu Agency]

At least one person was killed and seven were injured in an explosion at a scout centre affiliated with the Shia Amal Movement near Sidon in southern Lebanon, officials told Reuters early today.

The blast demolished the building and army personnel were searching through the rubble for any further casualties, sources added. The explosion also damaged the town hall nearby.

One security source told Reuters the explosion was not an act of sabotage, without disclosing further details.

On 10 December, a large blast rocked a Palestinian camp in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre, injuring about a dozen people, according to rescue workers on scene and a Palestinian source inside the camp.

The state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported that the blast emanated from a Hamas weapons depot in the Burj Al-Shemali camp and a judge had ordered security forces to launch an investigation.

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