Massive blast has hit the Lebanese capital Beirut. The first note points to the judgment in the trial over the execution of former prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.
According to the reports from the regional media, the explosion took place in the coastal region of the city. The authorities ain’t responded with the number of the casualties involved. There is also an unconfirmed report of the second blast at the same place. The second explosion happened near the residence of Hariri The videos surfing on twitter show enormous mushroom clouds in the air.
The murder of the former prime minister Rafik Hariri by a car bomb occurred in 2005. The united nations tribunal was set to the analysis of the murder, which is presently in due. The accused four-member gang to the murder who is the part of the Iranian supported terrorism group Hezbollah, are continually denied the crime. The accused have found guilty on the grounds of the circumstantial evidence only. The verdict for the case is due this Friday.
“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, “All the downtown area windows are smashed and there are wounded people walking around. It is total chaos.” said a Reuters witness.
Lebanon’s health minister later today told journalists about a ship carrying fireworks had blown up in the port, though the size of the blast heard across the country raised suspicions it might have resulted from a rocket strike or detonation of explosives – deliberate or otherwise. He said at least dozens were wounded but did not give further details of casualties. He also spoke about the substantial damage and fatality.
The massive explosion sent a wave inside the city soon after the rise of the mushroom clouds. “What I felt was that it was an earthquake, The apartment shook horizontally and all of a sudden it felt like an explosion and the windows and doors burst open. The glass just broke. So many homes were damaged or destroyed.” Rania Masri, a native said to the reporters, she also tweeted about the blast details and the fear and trauma caused among the citizens.