At least 1 killed, 7 injured in a blast at an Amal center near Sidon, Lebanon

Men gather outside a hospital where some injured people are believed to be transferred to, after an explosion, near Sidon at a scout centre affiliated with the Shi’ite Amal Movement in southern Lebanon April 12, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Hankir

BEIRUT, April 12 (Reuters) – At least one person was killed and seven were injured in an explosion at a scout centre affiliated with the Shi’ite Amal Movement near Sidon in southern Lebanon, officials told Reuters early on Tuesday.

The blast demolished the building and army personnel were searching through the rubble for any further casualties, sources added. The explosion also damaged the town hall nearby.

Ali Toufic al Ruz, the person that was killed in the explosion in the village of Baanul near Sidon. He is a member of the Amal Movement and the son of the mayor of the village who is also an Amal Movement member

The following is a list of the wounded and the name of the person that was killed in the explosion, Ali Toufic al Ruz

One security source told Reuters the explosion was not an act of sabotage, without disclosing further details.

Another tweet describing what happened :

On Dec. 10, a large blast rocked a Palestinian camp in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre, injuring about a dozen people, according to rescue workers on scene and a Palestinian source inside the camp.

The state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported that the blast emanated from a Hamas weapons depot in the Burj al-Shemali camp and a judge had ordered security forces to launch an investigation.

Update :

The Amal Movement said in an official statement that an “electric short circuit” led to a fire that resulted in the explosion of oxygen canisters that had been stored in the building during the Covid-19 crisis.