Hundreds wounded as huge blast rips through Lebanon’s Beirut

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Hundreds wounded as powerful blast rips through Lebanon's Beirut

Smoke rises after the explosion in Beirut [Issam Abdallah/Reuters]

Beirut, Lebanon – Hundreds of people have been wounded in a powerful blast that ripped through Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, according to the country’s health minister.

The massive explosion on Tuesday at Beirut’s port caused widespread damage to buildings, shattering windows in different parts of the city. It sent shockwaves across the capital.

The cause of the blast was not immediately clear.

Hamad Hassan, Lebanon’s health minister, said hundreds were wounded in the explosion.

Video of the incident taken by Al Jazeera shows a large column of smoke billowing from an area of the port that houses large warehouses before a large orange blast is seen and huge dome-shaped blast wave shoots into the air. 

Glass storefronts and windowpanes across the city were shattered in the blast, while videos and pictures shared on social media showed doors ripped from their hinges and ceilings filled with gaping holes. 

#Breaking: Massive Explosion near Beirut’s Port. #Lebanon pic.twitter.com/Hua7igJZxK

— Timour Azhari (@timourazhari) August 4, 2020

The wave from the explosion caused extensive damage to buildings within a large radius of the blast site.

“I was kilometres away; the glass broke everywhere around me,” said Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from Beirut.

“The explosion was felt across the city,” she added. “There is chaos in the streets.”

A wounded man walks near the scene of an explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020. - A large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, an AFP correspondent said. The blast, which rattled

A wounded man walks near the scene of the explosion [Anwar Amro/AFP]

A picture shows the scene of an explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020. - A large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, an AFP correspondent said. The blast, which rattled entire bu

The blast was felt across Beirut [Anwar Amro/AFP]

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera News

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