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BEIRUT BLAST AFTERMATH: Parts of Lebanon’s capital lay in ruins after explosions leave 50+ dead and buildings destroyed (VIDEOS)
Videos obtained by RT show areas around Beiruts port reduced to rubble and ruins after explosions near the citys docks destroyed nearby buildings and blew out windows more than 10 kilometers away.
Free-lance journalist Owen Holdaway sent videos from Beirut Thursday evening showing the aftermath of the blasts. "A large part of the area has been completely devastated," Holdaway said in a video shot near downtown. "I've seen injured come from all over the sides. The main hospital up the road has taken a significant amount of injured. The buildings and the infrastructure in the whole area has been completely devastated. Shops around here have been completely destroyed."
Lebanese media initially blamed the blasts on a fire at a fireworks warehouse at the port, but Prime Minister Hassan Diab later said the tragedy involved dangerously stored chemicals. Health Minister Hammad Hassan said there were 50 confirmed deaths and 2,700 people injured. He called the incident a “catastrophe” for Lebanon and pleaded for international help because hospitals were struggling to cope with the number of patients streaming in.