Explosion rocks Beirut, the capital of Lebanon (video)

Tuesday, 04 August 2020 - 21:48


A large explosion has been reported in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

Hundreds of people have been wounded & at least 10 people killed. 

The explosions also come at a time when Lebanon awaits the verdict on Friday on the 2005 murder of former Lebanese PM Rafic Hariri, who was killed in a huge truck bomb attack.

The source of the explosion was reported to be a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers near the port in Beirut, the state-run National News Agency has reported according to foreign media reports.

Many buildings have been damaged by the explosion, including the headquarters of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and CNN's bureau in the city.

Firefighting teams have rushed to the scene to try to put out the fire.

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

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