Beirut Explosion: Massive Explosion Kills Dozens And Injuries In Lebanon’s Capital Beirut

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There has been a huge explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

Lebanon’s health minister has said that at least 70 people have been confirmed dead and about 4000 people have been wounded. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has declared a national day of mourning on Wednesday.

Authorities say a warehouse had heavy explosive material stores and there was an explosion. In a tweet, President Michael Eoin said it was absolutely unacceptable that 2,750 tonnes of explosive nitrates were stored in unsafe ways. The investigation into how the explosion occurred is still continuing.

A BBC journalist on the spot says the bodies are scattered and caused heavy damage. Prime Minister Hassan Diab has described it as appalling and said whoever is guilty will not be spared.

The explosive nitrate store, which is said to be in store, was in the store since 2014. An eyewitness from the news agency AFP said all nearby buildings have been demolished. Glass and debris are scattered all around. The sound of the blast was heard in the eastern Mediterranean, 240 km away to Cyprus.

The blast occurred just before the 2005 trial of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the court hearing.

The blast occurred in the coastal areas of the city. The scenes of the blast in the video posted online are quite frightening. Smoke gusts are rising with flames.

The explosion comes as Lebanon is badly engulfed in an economic crisis. Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan said the blast has claimed many lives and caused heavy damage.

It is said that a large number of casualties have been airlifted to hospitals.

The cause of the blast is yet to be ascertained. Some reports also see it as an accident. Lebanese National News Agency reports a fire broke out at an explosive center on coastal areas.

Local media have shown that people are trapped under the rubble. An eyewitness said the first explosion was deaf.

Lebanon is also facing tensions along the border with Israel. Israel said last week that it foiled Hezbollah’s infiltration attempt into its territory.

However, a senior Israeli official from the BBC said that Israel had no connection with the Beirut blast.

There have been protests against the government in Lebanon for some time now. Lebanon has been reeling under the biggest economic crisis since the civil war of 1975-1990, and people are on the streets against the government.

The Indian Embassy in Lebanon has issued a helpline detailing the horrific blast.

“There have been two major blasts in central Beirut this evening. Everyone is advised to maintain restraint. If anyone in the Indian community needs help, you can contact our helpline,” he said.

An eyewitness named Hadi Nasrallah told the BBC:

I saw the flames but I didn’t know that the explosion was going to happen. I went inside. Suddenly I stopped hearing because I was very close to the scene. I didn’t hear anything for a few seconds. I thought something was wrong.

Suddenly, the glass on trains, shops, and buildings began to fall. People from different areas were calling each other throughout Beirut. Everyone heard the sound of the blast. We were absolutely speechless because there was an explosion earlier, but it was an explosion that was felt outside Beirut as well.

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