Report: More Than 25 People Dead In Beirut, Over 2,500 Injured In Explosion


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A massive explosion Tuesday shook Lebanon’s capital Beirut, reportedly near the city’s port, shattering windows and causing significant damage, numerous sources reported.

Videos showed a large mushroom cloud and then a plume of dark smoke after the explosion, which happened ahead of a verdict in a trial for the killing of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, according to the BBC

Moment that the second explosion hit #Beirut Lebanon. Many houses damaged, injuries reported.

First was at Port. This is closer to downtown pic.twitter.com/6DdmgQFriD

— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 4, 2020

It is unclear the exact number of people dead, but Beirut’s airports were full hours after the blast, according to the ap. One of the explosions was near the ex-Prime Minister’s residence in the city center, according to journalist Joyce Karam.

BREAKING: Explosions in Beirut #Lebanon

• 2 explosions in last 15 min

• One at Port, one inside Beirut

• Reports it’s near ex PM Hariri residence in city center

• Second very loud, shook city, houses

• This week is International Tribunal verdict into killing of Rafik Hariri

— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 4, 2020

UPDATE: Fmr PM Saad Hariri is fine following news.

Two explosions near port in Beirut #Lebanon , second one left lot of damages in houses and cars. Ambulances called to area.

Another video shows magnitude of when it happened pic.twitter.com/lV9p5qMxbu

— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 4, 2020

The cause of the blast was not immediately known. The chief of Lebanese General Security said it may have been caused by highly explosive material that was confiscated from a ship some time ago and stored at a port, according to the AP. A local television channel LBC identified the material as sodium nitrate.

An Israeli official said Israel “had nothing to do” with the blast, according to the AP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Hariri was killed in a truck bombing, triggering regional upheaval in Lebanon, which is currently undergoing an economic crisis. A U.N.-backed court is trying four suspects in the assassination, all of which are members of Hezbollah and are being tried in absentia on charges of planning and arranging the bombing. (RELATED: Obama CIA nominee hedged on Hezbollah terrorists in 2006: ‘You can’t divide the world into good and evil’)

This is a developing story and is being updated. 

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