BEIRUT, Lebanon – At least one child was killed and 15 people were wounded by ordnance that exploded as they returned to their homes in south Lebanon after 34 days of Israeli airstrikes, security officials said.
Lebanon's interior ministry issued a statement urging civilians to stay away from their homes until army engineers could inspect them for unexploded cluster bombs or artillery.
"The enemy is attempting to leave behind its barbaric traces... in order to continue its massacres," the group said in a statement on its Al-Manar television. It urged people to stay away from suspicious objects, particularly toys, suggesting they might be booby-trapped.
A young girl was killed and five others were wounded in Habbouche, about 15 kilometers (10 miles) from the Israeli border, security officials said.
A man returning to his home in Nabatiyeh, about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from the Israeli border, picked up what looked like a stone near his doorstep, and the object exploded, the officials said. He was hospitalized in serious condition.
A woman was wounded in Yuhmour, and a rescue worker was hurt in Kfar Jouz by artillery that exploded while he was inspecting homes in the area, security officials and Lebanon's National News Agency said.
Army engineers have fanned out across south Lebanon, focusing first on residential neighborhoods around Nabatiyeh and on roads and schools throughout the region.