Widespread damage after massive explosion shakes Lebanon's capital

Widespread damage after massive explosion shakes Lebanon's capital

"Injuries are definitely within the hundreds", a spokesman for the Lebanese Red Cross told NBC News by telephone.

"Right now, we have no information to confirm any theory so I think we have to wait for investigations and the words of experts".

Disclose shared a video on Twitter, captioning it, "Massive explosion in Beirut".

CNN reported that "m$3 any buildings were damaged by the explosion, including the headquarters of".

"[The sodium nitrate] was stored for more than a year without taking any precaution", he said.

"But another news outlet is saying that they do not believe the fireworks story or any other theory".

Israeli people share the pain of their Lebanese neighbours after the blast and reach out to offer their aid, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said later in the day. Military and security personnel were also trying to ease traffic to make way for ambulances.

Reports are also emerging about a "significant internet outage" following the blast.

The Hotel Dieu de France Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon-one of the city's three main hospitals-has told local media that their hospital have reached capacity, with over 500 wounded people having arrived at the hospital.

Online footage from a Lebanese newspaper office showed blown out windows, scattered furniture and demolished interior panelling.

A massive explosion shook Lebanon's capital Beirut on Tuesday wounding a number people and causing widespread damage.

"There is lots of destruction and the wounded are lying in the streets".

A civil defense official said his men had evacuated dozens to hospitals and that there were still bodies under debris. US benchmark crude futures climbed 1.7%.

The cause of the explosion remains unclear.

This is devastating. Lebanon was already spiralling, in the midst of a political and currency crisis with accelerating COVID-19 cases.

The explosions also come as Lebanon awaits a United Nations tribunal's verdict Friday on the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafic Hariri, killed in a huge truck bomb attack.

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