A large explosion shook the Lebanese capital Beirut and a giant column of smoke was seen rising over the city, Reuters witnesses and local media reported.
Lebanon’s health minister said the explosion in central Beirut on Tuesday had caused a "very high number of injuries" and extensive damage, Lebanese LBC television channel quoted the minister as saying.
Two security sources and witness said the blast occurred in the port area containing warehouses.
The blast rippled through several areas of the capital, shattering windows and doors, and wounding people..
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