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World Beirut explosion: Large blast near port rocks Lebanon's capital

01:06  05 august  2020
01:06  05 august  2020 Source:   cnn.com

VIDEO. Two strong explosions in the port of Beirut in Lebanon

 VIDEO. Two strong explosions in the port of Beirut in Lebanon © ANWAR AMRO / AFP The smoke observed after the two explosions felt in Beirut on Tuesday. According to several media, two strong explosions were felt in the port area of ​​Beirut in Lebanon. Many images are circulating on social networks showing the extent of the damage. Several dozen injured are to be deplored according to Lebanese media. The origins of the accident are not known.

Beirut explosion : footage shows massive blast – video. Walking down through the east Beirut suburb of Ashrafiyeh to Gemmayze and towards the port , the devastation was even more comprehensive. Men, women and children walked bewildered from somewhere near ground zero.

The 2020 Beirut explosions occurred in Beirut , the capital city of Lebanon , on 4 August 2020. The explosions at the Port of Beirut left at least 50 people dead, more than 2,700 injured

A massive explosion ripped through central Beirut on Tuesday, injuring thousands of people and blowing out windows in buildings across the city.

a building with smoke coming out of it: A picture shows the scene of an explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020. - A large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, an AFP correspondent said. The blast, which rattled entire buildings and broke glass, was felt in several parts of the city. Its exact location was unknown. (Photo by Anwar AMRO / AFP) (Photo by ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images) © ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images A picture shows the scene of an explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020. - A large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, an AFP correspondent said. The blast, which rattled entire buildings and broke glass, was felt in several parts of the city. Its exact location was unknown. (Photo by Anwar AMRO / AFP) (Photo by ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images)

The blast near Beirut's port sent up a huge mushroom cloud-shaped shockwave, flipping cars and damaging distant buildings. It was felt as far as Cyprus, hundreds of miles away, and caused a 3.3 magnitude earthquake in the Lebanese capital.

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A huge explosion took place in Lebanon ’ s capital Beirut on Tuesday near the house of a former prime minister, said press reports and accounts Lebanon ' s state news agency NNA and two security sources said the blast had occurred in the port area where there are warehouses housing explosives .

A massive explosion at Lebanon ’ s main port rocked the capital Beirut and its suburbs, injuring Lebanon is undergoing its worst political and financial crisis in decades. The country’s foreign Firefighters extinguish flames at nearby damaged buildings following a large explosion at the Port of

At least 73 people were killed in the blast, Health Minister Hamad Hassan said, according to national broadcaster TeleLiban. He told reporters earlier that at least 2,750 people have been wounded.

There were conflicting reports on what caused the explosion, which was initially blamed on a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers near the port, according to NNA. The director of the general security directorate later said the blast was caused by "high explosive materials confiscated years ago," but did not provide further details.

An investigation into the explosion was announced by Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab. The probe will include "revelations that will be announced about this dangerous warehouse which has been present since 2014," he said, without providing any additional details.

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A massive explosion injured dozens and caused widespread damage in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday. Some local TV stations reported that the blast took place at an area where fireworks were sold, while Lebanon ' s state news agency NNA quoted security sources as saying that

Lebanon ' s state news agency NNA and two security sources said the blast had occurred in the port area where there are warehouses housing explosives , reports READ MORE: Beirut explosion – Massive blast with mushroom cloud rips through Lebanese capital killing 10 and injuring scores https

The lethal blast "will not pass without accountability," he said in a televised statement, adding that "those responsible will pay for what happened."

A red cloud hung over the city in the wake of the explosion, which took place just after 6pm local time (11am ET), as firefighting teams rushed to the scene to try to put out the fire. Footage from the scene captured the injured staggering through streets in the capital; and ambulances, cars and military vehicles packed with the wounded. One eyewitness described the scenes as "like an apocalypse."

At least 10 firefighters are missing, according to the city's governor Marwan Abboud, who said the scene reminded him of "Hiroshima and Nagasaki." "In my life I haven't seen destruction on this scale," Abboud said. "This is a national catastrophe."

The blast comes at a tense time in Lebanon. On Friday a UN-backed panel is expected to issue a verdict on the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri, a move many fear will stoke sectarian tensions. The country is also in the midst of an economic meltdown, with ballooning unemployment, a tanking currency and poverty rates soaring above 50%.

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Eyewitness video shows a massive explosion in Lebanon ' s capital Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port , damaging buildings and blowing out windows

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Hospitals inundated

Chaotic scenes filled Beirut's hospitals Tuesday as doctors conducted triage on dozens of wounded people. Some had broken limbs, others had been showered with shards of glass. Some patients were unconscious.

Emergency wards are inundated with the injured, while the Lebanese Red Cross implored the public on Twitter for blood donations to help the wounded. One of Beirut's major hospitals, Hotel Dieu, received around 400 injured patients, an employee told CNN.

The Secretary-General of the Kataeb political Party, Nazar Najarian, died after being injured in the explosion, Lebanese state media NNA reported. He was in his office when the explosion happened.

The US Embassy in Beirut urged those in the area of the explosion to "stay indoors and wear masks if available" due to reports of toxic gases released from the blast.

The blast damaged buildings across the city, including the official residence of Lebanon's president, the headquarters of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and CNN's bureau in downtown Beirut. Homes as far as 10 kilometers away were damaged, according to witnesses, and even people on the distant island of Cyprus felt the blast, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

EU provides 33 million euros to Lebanon after explosion.

 EU provides 33 million euros to Lebanon after explosion. Beirut. After the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut, the World Health Organization (WHO) brought 20 tons of relief supplies to Lebanon to support the injured. The EU has pledged emergency aid worth more than 33 million euros. © Huang Shifeng A health care worker carries a box of medical supplies from the camp of the Chinese peacekeepers in Lebanon. The EU has pledged emergency aid of more than 33 million euros to Lebanon after the severe explosion in Beirut.

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One Beirut resident who was several kilometers away from the site of the blast said her windows had been shattered by the explosion. "What I felt was that it was an earthquake," Rania Masri told CNN.

"The apartment shook horizontally and all of a sudden it felt like an explosion and the windows and doors burst open. The glass just broke. So many homes were damaged or destroyed."

"You can see injured people all over the streets in Beirut, glass all over the place, cars are damaged, it is like an apocalypse," said Bachar Ghattas, another eyewitness.

"It is very, very frightening what is happening right now, and people are freaking out. The emergency services are overwhelmed," Ghattas told CNN. "Beirut port is totally destroyed."

World mourns

Prime Minister Diab described the explosion as a "catastrophe" in his televised statement. He concluded by making "an emergency call to all those countries who love this country to stand by us and to help us heal our deep wounds." World leaders soon expressed their condolences amid the unfolding tragedy.

Israel offered humanitarian medical assistance to Lebanon -- a significant offer as Lebanon is one of a small number of countries that Israel regards as an enemy state. There have been no diplomatic relations since a ceasefire signed between the two countries in 1949.

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The UK, Turkey, Qatar and Spain were also among the countries that offered their support to Lebanon.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi called his Lebanese counterpart Charbel Wahbeh to say that"Jordanians stand in support with Lebanon and its Lebanese brothers and are ready to offer any help they need," he said in a tweet.

French President Emmanuel Macron said "rescue and aid" were on the way to Lebanon, while expressing solidarity with the "Lebanese people after the explosion that caused so many casualties and so much damage tonight in Beirut."

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that his country was ready to help Lebanon "in any way necessary."

"My thoughts are with the people of #Lebanon and with the families of the victims of the tragic #BeirutBlast," President of the European Council Charles Michel said in a tweet. "The EU stands ready to provide assistance and support."

The United States Ambassador in Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, expressed "heartfelt sympathies" to the victims and their families after "having witnessed the horrific explosions at the Port," she said in a statement shared on Twitter.

"We mourn each loss from this terrible tragedy alongside the Lebanese people," the US Ambassador added.

a steam train on a track with smoke coming out of it: The blast damaged buildings across the city, including the port. © STR/AFP/Getty Images The blast damaged buildings across the city, including the port. a man that is on fire: Thousands were wounded from the blast © Hassan Ammar/AP Thousands were wounded from the blast

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