Lebanon: Massive explosion rocks capital Beirut, several feared dead
Updated: August 4, 2020 11:27:03 pm
A powerful explosion rocked Lebanon’s capital Beirut Tuesday with images of smoke billowing from the city center floating on social media. Some local TV stations were quoted as saying by Associated Press that the blast was at Beirut’s port.
The AP also quoted Lebanese Red Cross official Georges Kettaneh as saying there are “hundreds of casualties” in Beirut, including dead and wounded.
Lebanon’s Health Minister Hamad Hasan was quoted as saying by Reuters that an explosion in central Beirut on Tuesday had caused a “very high number of injuries” and extensive damage. Hours after the explosion, Prime Minister Hassan Diab declared a national day of mourning. Also, President Michel Aoun has called for ‘urgent’ defence council talk in the aftermath of the explosion.
BREAKING: Massive explosion in Beirut. Footage from the daily star office now in Lebanon pic.twitter.com/2uBsKP5wCH
— Ghada Alsharif (@GhadaaSharif) August 4, 2020
My apartment in Beirut was just blown apart. We think it was a missile from a jet. We’re ok.
— Leila Molana-Allen (@Leila_MA) August 4, 2020
UPDATE: Fmr PM Saad Hariri is fine following news.
Two explosions near port in Beirut #Lebanon , second one left lot of damages in houses and cars. Ambulances called to area.
Another video shows magnitude of when it happened pic.twitter.com/lV9p5qMxbu
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 4, 2020
— Intel Air & Sea (@air_intel) August 4, 2020
Residents told AP that windows were blown out and a false ceilings dropped following the blast. The explosion caused wide scale destruction and shattered windows miles away. An AP photographer near Beirut’s port witnessed people wounded on the ground and widespread destruction in central Beirut.
This is a developing story, more details awaited
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