A MASSIVE explosion has rocked downtown Beirut completely flattening much of the port as a giant mushroom cloud rose over the capital of Lebanon.
At least twenty people are dead and hundreds if not thousands are reportedly injured in the colossal explosion which could be heard some 125 miles away in Cyprus.
Lebanon’s state news agency NNA and two security sources said the blast had occurred in the port area where there are warehouses housing explosives, reports Reuters.
Buildings around the port have been leveled, windows and doors have been blown out and huge plumes of smoke are blowing across Beirut.
Video shows a column of smoke rising from the port area from what appeared to be an initial explosion, followed by a massive blast that sent up a mushroom cloud and a shock wave. The footage is horrifyingly similar to that of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the second world war.
Watch the Video Here:
The Lebanese Minister of Health has claimed the explosion was caused by fireworks and a “very high number” of people have been injured.
Lebanese security and medical sources have confirmed at least ten dead bodies have been removed form the scene of the explosion.
Witnesses claim there may have been two blasts – with many people filming the aftermath of the first when the second ripped through the city.
Videos on social media appear to show several small firework-like explosions coming from a building before the main blast. This has led many to speculate this was the targeting of an Israeli rocket before the rocket itself hit the building.
A witness said:
“I saw a fireball and smoke billowing over Beirut. People were screaming and running, bleeding.Balconies were blown off buildings. Glass in high-rise buildings shattered and fell to the street.
An AP photographer near Beirut’s port saw people lying wounded on the ground and widespread destruction in central Beirut.
A Heartbreaking video of a father protecting his son during the explosion:
A father doing his absolute best to protect his son from the explosion in Beirut..— 2020 Predictions (@2020concepts) August 4, 2020
Pray for Lebanon 💔pic.twitter.com/c1Sfm8zvTs
Another Shocking Video of another angle of the explosion:
Harrowing footage of the aftermath:
Let's not beat around the bush on the #beirut bombing. The Israelis have been attacked Syria multiple times this week. It's possible they had false intel that there was something more than fireworks in that warehouse. They won't admit to the attack too many civilian casualties. pic.twitter.com/52edUT5u0u— Syrian Girl (@Partisangirl) August 4, 2020
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