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Beirut shaken by blast – Over 100 killed, more than 4000 injured

A bomb blast near the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 78 people and injured more than 4,000, while the Red Cross says the death toll has risen sharply.

According to the international news agency, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan said that a great tragedy has taken place in Beirut. The death toll could rise many times over. At present, all the hospitals in the city are full of injured.

According to the news agency, a horrific explosion took place in the port area of Beirut around 6 pm local time on Tuesday, as a result of which the surrounding areas were shaken and buildings and vehicles in different parts of the city were destroyed. According to the British News Agency, the destroyed buildings include the house of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, but Saad Hariri is safe.

 

According to the local news agency, the blast took place in a warehouse where the confiscated explosives were kept. Lebanon’s interior minister says a preliminary investigation has revealed that the warehouse contained sodium nitrate seized from a ship a year ago and was to be disposed of. The blast was heard several kilometers away, and buildings shook in the distance.