Beirut blasts damaged UN ship, badly injured crew: statement

This picture taken on August 4, 2020 shows fires burning at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut with its cranes in the aftermath of a massive explosion. (AFP)

Two huge explosions in Beirut's port on Tuesday damaged a ship deployed with a United Nations peacekeeping force and injured some of its personnel, the UNIFIL force said in a statement.

"As a result of a huge explosion that rocked Beirut Port this evening, one of the UNIFIL ships of the Maritime Task Force docked in the port was damaged, leaving some UNIFIL naval peacekeepers injured -- some of them seriously," it said.

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Thousands of people were wounded and more than 50 killed during the blasts in Downtown Beirut Tuesday, Lebanon’s health minister said.

Germany's Foreign Ministry said that the explosions wounded staff at its embassy in Beirut.

Last Update: Wednesday, 05 August 2020 KSA 00:20 - GMT 21:20