Lebanon: Massive explosion rocks capital Beirut, several feared dead

Lebanon: Massive explosion rocks capital Beirut, several feared dead

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: August 4, 2020 11:27:03 pm

Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

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.

Beirut, Lebanon, Lebanon news, Lebanon blast, Beirut blast, Indian Express Aftermath of the massive explosion as seen in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo)

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.


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.

Lebanon: Massive explosion rocks capital Beirut, several wounded A man wounded in a massive explosion is led away in Beirut, Lebanon. Witnesses saw many people injured by flying glass and debris. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

This is a developing story, more details awaited

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