Lebanon, Explosion, Beirut

Lebanon, Explosion

Two explosions in Beirut port area rock Lebanon's capital, at least 10 dead

Two explosions in Beirut port area rock Lebanon's capital, at least 10 dead

4/8/2020 8:08:00 PM

Two explosions in Beirut port area rock Lebanon 's capital, at least 10 dead

BEIRUT: Two huge explosions rocked Beirut on Tuesday (Aug 4), injuring many people as glass shattered and balconies collapsed from the impact, ...

Online footage from a Lebanese newspaper office showed blown out windows, scattered furniture and demolished interior panelling.Local broadcaster LBC quoted the health minister as saying there was a"very high number" of injuries and a large amount of damage. Al Mayadeen television said hundreds were wounded.

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The loud blast in Beirut's port area was felt across large parts of the city and some districts lost electricity."LIKE AN EARTHQUAKE"An AFP correspondent at the scene said every shop in the Hamra commercial district had sustained damage, with entire shopfronts destroyed, windows shattered and many cars wrecked.

Injured people were walking in the street, while outside the Clemenceau Medical Centre, dozens of wounded people, including children, rushed to be admitted to the centre.Firefighters spray water at a fire after an explosion was heard in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir headtopics.com

Destroyed cars were abandoned in the street with their airbags inflated.A huge cloud of black smoke has engulfing the entire port area, the AFP correspondent said.The port zone was cordoned off by the security forces, allowing access only to a string of ambulances, fire trucks and people whose relatives were working inside the devastated area.

A huge blaze was burning at the port, where ambulances were rushing away the wounded, their sirens wailing."Buildings are shaking," tweeted one resident, while another wrote:"An enormous, deafening explosion just engulfed Beirut. Heard it from miles away."

The blasts were heard as far away as Nicosia on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, 240km away.Smoke billows following an explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Aug 4, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Joseph Eid)Another Reuters witness said she saw heavy grey smoke near the port area and then heard an explosion and saw flames of fire and black smoke:"All the downtown area windows are smashed and there are wounded people walking around. It is total chaos."

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