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Tayr Filsay

Exploding shell caused blast at Hezbollah home

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BEIRUT — A blast at a Hezbollah member's home in southern Lebanon was caused by an exploding shell and injured one person, Lebanon's army said Tuesday.

Monday night's explosion occurred in a garage, and Lebanese security officials said the building might have been used to store weapons – a violation of the U.N. resolution that ended the monthlong war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

The blast prompted President Shimon Peres of Israel to warn that Hezbollah and its growing arsenal are turning Lebanon into a "powder keg" and standing in the way of peace.

The U.N. resolution called for Hezbollah to be disarmed and for an international arms embargo against the militant group. Israel claims Hezbollah has tripled its arsenal since the war and now has tens of thousands of rockets.

Both Hezbollah and the Lebanese army said one person was wounded in the explosion in the village of Tayr Filsay, near the southern port city of Tyre. The army statement gave no details about the shell it said caused the blast.