Lebanon blast killed at least 137, injured 5,000: ministry

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 06 2020 02:56 PM

A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut on August 4, 2020. Stringer, AFP

BEIRUT - The huge blast at Beirut port has killed at least 137 people, left dozens missing and at least 5,000 wounded, a Lebanese health ministry spokesperson said Thursday.

Tuesday's explosion obliterated part of the port and caused damage over a wide radius in the heart of the city, prompting fears the final death toll could yet rise significantly.

More details to follow.

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