Several days after a Hezbollah truck carrying ammunition overturned near Beirut, killing two people and sparking clashes with residents of a local Christian town, security sources reportedly estimated that the vehicle had been transporting anti-tank missiles sent from Iran.
The violence erupted Wednesday evening after the accident in the town of Kahale, located in the mountains east of the Lebanese capital, on the road linking Beirut to the Bekaa Valley bordering Syria.
Kahale mayor Abboud Abi Khalil has told AFP that residents surrounded the truck demanding to know what was inside before Hezbollah members escorting it opened fire and killed one of them.
The powerful Iran-backed Shiite terror group said one of its members, Ahmad Ali Kassas, was shot in ensuing clashes and later died of his wounds.
The Lebanese army said Thursday that it had seized munitions from the overturned truck, adding that “the cargo of the truck has been transported to a military center, and an investigation has been opened by the competent judicial authorities.”