Clean up operation in Tyre after deadly explosion

Clean up operation in Tyre after deadly explosion
A cleanup operation has begun in the Lebanese city of Tyre, following an explosion at a Hamas ammo store.
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11 December, 2021
It's thought as many as 12 people could have been killed in the blast [Getty]

Residents of the Lebanese city of Tyre were cleaning up the damage on Saturday from a deadly explosion of arms stored for the Palestinian Hamas group.

Friday night's blast killed and wounded a number of people, the state-run National News Agency reported.

A Lebanese security official said authorities have no exact numbers of the casualties yet but that there could be as many as 12 dead in the Burj Shamali refugee camp in the port city of Tyre.

He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Initial reports said a fire had started in a diesel tanker and spread to a nearby mosque controlled by the Palestinian militant group.

The fire triggered explosions of some weapons that appeared to have been stored inside the mosque, according to the residents.

Lebanon is home to tens of thousands of Palestinians refugees, who live in the 12 refugee camps that are scattered around the small Mediterranean country.