A massive explosion shook the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Tuesday evening, August 4. According to reports, the blast appears to have been centered on the city’s port area.
The blast shook several parts of Beirut as Local Red Cross reported hundreds injured and widespread damage across the city.
Local TV stations reported the blast was at Beirut’s port inside an area where firecrackers were stored, while an Associated Press photographer near Beirut’s port said he witnessed people wounded on the ground and widespread destruction in central Beirut.
Hundreds of people have been hospitalized across the Lebanese capital and many are feared dead in the aftermath of a massive blast that rocked Beirut, shattering glass and damaging buildings miles from the site.
According to Lebanon state-run NNA report, the secretary general of the Kataeb political party, Nazar Najarian, died in the powerful explosion. The man was said to be in his office when the explosion occurred.
However, according to state media, the hospital emergency rooms are now overwhelmed by many injured people.
The Lebanese Red Cross, health officials and politicians have called on people to donate blood to help the injured in hospital.
Images from the city show cars, ambulances and military vehicles packed with the walking wounded and others who appeared not to be moving.
The government of Lebanon are yet to announce an official number of casualties. However, multiple members of the emergency services and politicians speaking to local media have expressed worries that there could be a high death toll.