LEBANON: A bomb blast near the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 78 people and injured 3,000 others.
The sudden explosions and destruction at the port of Beirut drew worldwide attention.
The blasts at the port initially killed 10 people, but the death toll has risen to 78, with nearly 3,000 injured.
Among those killed was Nazar Najarain, secretary general of Lebanon’s Khatib party, while dozens of wounded were in critical condition, raising fears of an increase in the death toll.
According to foreign media, the blasts were so severe that the windows of buildings were shattered 24 km away.
The magnitude of the blasts can also be gauged from the fact that several vehicles flew over the port area and crashed into the third floor of the building.
Beirut’s governor has called the port bombings a Hiroshima-like disaster.
He said an investigation was underway into how the material had been there for six years.
The Lebanese Prime Minister has declared a day of mourning today and made it clear that those responsible for the bombing will have to pay the price.
Israel imposed war on Lebanon a few years ago, which is why Israel had to explain that it had nothing to do with the bombings.