WATCH: Multiple deaths caused by an explosion at a Hamas weapons cache inside a Palestinian camp near the Lebanese port city of Tyre.
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By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, REUTERS
A large explosion rocked a Palestinian camp in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre on Friday night causing a number of deaths and injuries, state media reported.
The explosion took place at a Hamas weapons depot and a judge had ordered security forces to launch an investigation, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Videos circulating on Lebanese social media showing what is thought to be a massive explosion of a Hamas weapons depot near Tyre. pic.twitter.com/4pZ7NuTqZF
— Sunniva Rose (@Sunniva_Rose) December 10, 2021
Hamas maintains a presence in a number of Palestinian camps in Lebanon.
A security source confirmed the explosion but did not provide further details, while a Palestinian source inside the camp said there may be casualties but numbers remained unclear.
The surrounding area had been evacuated and rescue crews had deployed, the Palestinian source said.
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Videos from the scene shared by local media show a number of small bright red flashes above the southern city, followed by a large explosion and the sound of glass breaking.
A number of armed Palestinian factions, including Hamas and the Fatah Movement, hold effective control over roughly a dozen Palestinian camps in the country, which Lebanese authorities by custom do not enter.
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UPDATE: Reported by Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency, a fire had started by a diesel tanker and spread to a nearby mosque controlled by the Palestinian militant group, Hamas.
The fire then triggered the explosions of weapons and/or munitions that were stored inside the mosque, according to the camp’s residents.
דיווח בלבנון: פיצוץ גדול אירע במחסן באזור צור שבדרום המדינה. לפי חלק מהדיווחים, הפיצוץ נגרם לאחר ששריפה פרצה במחסן נשק השייך לאחד הפלגים הפלסטיניים@coren_ido pic.twitter.com/65shsTzp5e
— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) December 10, 2021
The storing of rockets, weapons and other munitions are commonly stored by Islamic militant groups in civilian neighborhoods, using their mosques, hospitals and schools.
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