Explosion in Beirut, Lebanon leaves many people injured
It is not yet clear what exactly caused the explosion
A huge explosion in Beirut, Lebanon has left buildings destroyed and many people injured.
It is not yet clear what caused it to happen, with no evidence of a terror attack.
Footage posted on Twitter below shows the devastating impact of the blast, which caused a mushroom cloud of smoke to cover the city.
Hospitals in Beirut are understood to be overwhelmed with casualties.
— Fady Roumieh (@FadyRoumieh) August 4, 2020
— Jake Hanrahan (@Jake_Hanrahan) August 4, 2020
Reuters news agency quotes sources as saying 10 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.
— Aleph א (@no_itsmyturn) August 4, 2020
There are reports coming out of Lebanon suggesting the cause of the blast could have been a chemical storage facility having caught on fire.
This comes at a politically tense time in Lebanon, following recent protests against the government's handling of an economic crisis.