Explosion rocks Lebanon’s capital Beirut, 50 die
Published: 02:01 AM, 5 August 2020 Updated: 08:55 AM, 5 August 2020
At least 50 people have been killed and 2750 wounded in a massive explosion at the port in Lebanon's capital, Beirut on Tuesday.
The explosion released a shockwave causing widespread damage to buildings and shattering windows in different parts of the city. The reason of the explosion is not clear yet. Lebanon's interior minister Mohammed Fahmi, said it appeared to have been caused by ammonium nitrate that was stored in a warehouse at the port.
The Secretary General of the Lebanese Kataeb Party is among the deceased, the party statement says.
The Lebanese Red Cross, health officials, and politicians have requested people to donate blood to help the injured in hospital.
A multi-story building in the port, which was close to the city center blown apart. Local media showed people trapped beneath the rubble. A witness described the first explosion as deafening. Video footage showed wrecked cars and blast-damaged buildings.
While officials have yet to announce an official number of casualties, multiple members of the emergency services and politicians speaking to local media have expressed worries that there could be a high death toll.
The explosion appeard amid a critical period for Lebanon, with an economic crisis reigniting old divisions. Tensions are also high ahead of Friday's verdict in a trial over the killing of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.