Explosion in port of Beirut felt throughout Cyprus

A picture shows the scene of an explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020. (AFP)

The large blast that rocked Lebanon’s capital Beirut was felt in Cyprus, over 200 km away, local Cypriot media reported on Tuesday night.

The blast at the port in Lebanon’s capital caused damage throughout the city, and many are feared injured or dead. Reuters has reported 10 dead so far.

Local media showed people trapped beneath rubble, and buildings crumbled and glass was shattered in areas kilometers away from the blast site.

The country is currently in the midst of an unprecedented financial meltdown, and a special UN tribunal is expected to issue a verdict on the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on Friday.

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Previously the tribunal had named four members of Hezbollah as responsible for the assassination, but none have been brought into custody.

The past week has seen tension between Lebanon and Israel at the southern border, in a recent flare up in a decades-old feud between the two parties.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 05 August 2020 KSA 08:12 - GMT 05:12
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