Footage has been revealed showing that the Lebanese capital of Beirut has undergone extensive damage following a huge explosion which has sent the city into a shockwave.
According to officials, at least 10 people have been found dead following a huge explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.
Hamad Hasan, the country’s health minister, has informed local news station LBC that the blast has caused extensive damage.
Footage of the chaos has been shared online, in which a building of several stories high has exploded as a result.
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People have shared pictures online which show a scene of utter devastation. Whilst emergency crews are in operation, upturned cars can be spotted around the gutted building.
The explosion, which rippled through several areas of the capital, is believed to have centred at the city’s port area which contains warehouses.
Witnesses have reported that there have been a number of people injured across the city, with some residents saying their ceilings have collapsed and their windows have shattered.
A huge column of smoke has been seen rising above the city, according to local media reports.
In the location where the blast occurred, there are believed to be firecrackers stored in the area.
Sky News reporter Zein Ja’far said: “It tore apart the facade of the building we’re in, and once the dust settled we managed to get ourselves and others in this block outside.
“It was really quite a worrying sight.
“The sounds of sirens of the fire brigade, ambulances, the police and also the military has been pretty incessant for the last 45 minutes and a huge number of emergency services and security forces are rushing to that area now.”
At this moment in time, the cause of the blast has not been made clear.
However, the explosion has come at a time of the country’s worst economic and financial crisis in decades.
There are currently rising tensions between Israel and the militant Hezbollah group along Lebanon’s southern border.
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