Health minister confirms ‘large number’ of casualties in Beirut blast ■ Lebanese media report explosion occurred at a firecrackers warehouse
Smoke rises after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020, in this picture obtained from a social media video.Credit: Karim Sokhn/Instagram/Ksokhn + Thebikekitchenbeirut/via REUTERS
A massive explosion shook Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Tuesday, wounding a large number of people and causing widespread damage.
The country’s health minister, Hamad Hasan, said there was a large number of wounded in a blast at the city’s port, while Al-Arabiya cited a defense official as saying that they numbered in the dozens.
The afternoon blast shook several parts of the capital and thick smoke billowed from the city center. Residents reported windows being blown out and a false ceilings dropping.
The explosion appeared to be centered around Beirut’s port and caused wide scale destruction and shattered windows miles away.
An Associated Press photographer near Beirut’s port witnessed people wounded on the ground and widespread destruction in central Beirut.
Some local TV stations reported the blast was at Beirut’s port inside an area where firecrackers were stored.
This is a developing story. More details soon…
Reuters contributed to this report.