Hezbollah man wounded by rocket he tried to defuse

TYRE- A member of the militant group Hezbollah was seriously wounded in southern Lebanon late Monday when a rocket he found near his home and was trying to defuse exploded, a security official said.
The 41-year-old man was identified as Abdel Nasser Issa, from the village of Tayr Felsay, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of the southern coastal city of Tyre.

Hezbollah man wounded by rocket he tried to defuse
The security official said the blast shook Issa's home and left him with severe burns and injuries to his face and body.
"His condition is very serious because he has been left with burns on his face and the rest of his body," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A fire broke out in the two-storey building after the explosion, he added.
Witnesses told AFP that Issa had found the rocket earlier by a river that runs near his home, and had recovered the device.
Hezbollah fought a devastating war with Israel in 2006 that left much of southern Lebanon in ruins. The region is still littered with unexploded ordnance.
The Israeli army said in a statement the explosion "proves again the presence of weapons forbidden in southern Liban" under UN Resolution 1701.
"The Israeli army has asked the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to launch an investigation," the statement said.
The mandate of UNIFIL, which has been in southern Lebanon since 1978, was expanded when the resolution was passed after the 2006 war.

Tuesday, October 13th 2009

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