A tremendous explosion occurred in Beirut, Lebanon, in the late afternoon of August 4, near the Al Mustaqbal party headquarters.
A tremendous explosion occurred in Beirut, Lebanon, in the late afternoon of August 4, near the Al Mustaqbal party headquarters. Local sources speak of a column of smoke a hundred meters high and according to the television station Al Majadin, the explosion occurred in a shed facing the port where flammable material was stored. Immediately on the spot, fire brigades and health workers intervened to rescue the dozens of injured people and to extinguish the fires that occurred after the explosion.
Lebanon, explosion in the capital Beirut
There are also hundreds of images and videos that are circulating in these minutes on social networks and that show the port area of the Lebanese capital completely devastated by the shock wave of the explosion. The scenario looks similar to that of a bombing, with cars and buildings destroyed and an expanse of dust that covers everything and prevents you from seeing a few meters away.
The headquarters of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned last January following the protests that inflamed the country at the end of 2019, were also severely damaged. At the moment it is not yet clear what caused the huge explosion, even if a man interviewed near the epicenter claims to have seen with his own eyes a missile hit the structure. However, this information should be treated with extreme caution and cannot be given for certain.
Footage from the massive explosion in Beirut Port, Lebanon pic.twitter.com/bdvzrS05Qf
— Beirut Today (@bey_today) August 4, 2020