Lebanon’s capital Beirut shaken by massive explosion

A massive explosion has rocked Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, causing many casualties, damaging buildings and shattering windows.

The blast, which flattened much of the capital’s port, was felt across the city as a giant mushroom cloud rose above it.

Lebanon’s health minister said “hundreds” of people were wounded as witnesses said many were injured by flying glass and debris. 

Kilometres from the scene of the blast, balconies were knocked down and ceilings collapsed.

The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. It came at a time when Lebanon is passing through its worst economic and financial crisis in decades.

A picture shows the scene of an explosion near the the port in the Lebanese capital Beirut. [AFP]
A picture shows the scene of an explosion near the the port in the Lebanese capital Beirut. AFP
A damaged vehicle is seen at the site of an explosion in Beirut. [Mohamed Azakir/Reuters]
A damaged vehicle is seen at the site of an explosion in Beirut. MOHAMED AZAKIR/REUTERS
Firefighters spray water at a fire after the explosion. [Mohamed Azakir/Reuters]
Firefighters spray water at a fire after the explosion. MOHAMED AZAKIR/REUTERS
People help a man who was wounded in Beirut's massive explosion. [Hassan Ammar/AP Photo]
People help a man who was wounded in Beirut’s massive explosion. HASSAN AMMAR/AP PHOTO
A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon''s capital Beirut. [AFP]
A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon”s capital Beirut. AFP
The blast wave from the explosion caused extensive damage to buildings within a large radius of the blast site. [Issam Abdallah/Reuters]
The blast wave from the explosion caused extensive damage to buildings within a large radius of the blast site. ISSAM ABDALLAH/REUTERS

Firefighters spray water at a fire after an explosion was heard in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A wounded man stands near the scene of the explosion. [Anwar Amro/AFP]
A wounded man stands near the scene of the explosion. ANWAR AMRO/AFP
People gather near the scene of the explosion. [Anwar Amro/AFP]
People gather near the scene of the explosion. ANWAR AMRO/AFP
People walk near the scene of the blast. [Anwar Amro/AFP]
People walk near the scene of the blast. ANWAR AMRO/AFP
A picture shows the scene of the explosion in Beirut. [Anwar Amro/AFP]
A picture shows the scene of the explosion in Beirut. ANWAR AMRO/AFP

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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