Massive explosion in Beirut kills 10 persons, hundreds injured

At least ten persons have reportedly been killed and hundreds wounded in a huge blast that ripped through Lebanon’s capital, Beirut on Tuesday.

The massive explosion at the port area of the city released a shockwave which caused widespread damage to buildings, shattering windows.

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A possible second explosion was reported to be at the Hariri residence in the city.

Lebanon’s Health Minister, Hamad Hassan, said hundreds were wounded in the explosion.

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The cause of the blast is still unknown.

It comes ahead of the verdict in a trial for the killing of former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, in 2005.

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The latest reports come amid political tension in Lebanon, with street demonstrations against the government’s handling the worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.

Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning.

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Reports say hospitals are overwhelmed with the wounded and are calling on people to donate blood.

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