Explosion rocks Lebanese capital Beirut

A large explosion has shaken the Lebanese capital Beirut, with a giant column of smoke seen rising over the city, according to Reuters witnesses and local media

Two security sources and witness said the blast on Tuesday occurred in the port area containing warehouses. The blast rippled through several areas of the capital, shattering windows and doors, and wounding people.

Lebanon's Health Minister Hamad Hasan said the had caused a "very high number of injuries" and extensive damage, Lebanese LBC television channel quoted the minister as saying.

More to come.

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