Huge Beirut blast kills 10, hundreds hurt

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Huge Beirut blast kills 10, hundreds hurt

Port explosion rocks Lebanese capital, ripping off balconies and blanketing the city in smoke

Samia Nakhoul, Yara Abi Nader and Laila Bassam

A huge explosion near the centre of Beirut killed at least 10 people and sent shockwaves across the Lebanese capital, shattering glass in homes and causing flat balconies to collapse, witnesses and security sources said.

The blast occurred in the city’s port area, where there were warehouses housing explosives, Lebanon’s state news agency NNA and two security sources said. A third security source said there were chemicals stored in the area.

Footage of the blast shared by residents on social media showed a column of smoke rising from the port district followed by an enormous blast. Those who filmed what initially appeared to be a big blaze where thrown backwards by the shock...

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