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Blast in southern Lebanon village

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An explosion in a building believed to be linked to Hezbollah in southern Lebanon has killed at least one person, security officials say.

The blast is said to have destroyed a house near the port city of Tyre.

Initial reports from the Reuters news agency said a Hezbollah official and his son were killed in a munitions explosion in the village.

But Hezbollah later denied any deaths and said one person had been injured in the explosion, Reuters reported.

Hezbollah is banned from conducting military action in the area, under the terms of the UN ceasefire after a conflict with Israel in 2006.

The 34-day conflict left the area littered with cluster munitions dropped during the Israeli bombardment.

The village where the blast occurred, Tayr Filsi, is on the southern bank of Litani River, about 6 miles (10km) from the border with Israel.

Fighting ended under the terms of a UN ceasefire which banned Hezbollah from conducting any military action between the border and the Litani River to the north.



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