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Live update: Beirut explosion: more than 70 dead and 3,700 wounded, says Lebanon health ministry


Two huge explosions have rocked Beirut, killing at least 73 people, injuring thousands more, and sending a huge shock wave across the city that shattered windows, knocked down doors and shook buildings.

Hundreds of homes were left uninhabitable after the blasts ripped through a section of the Lebanese capital’s port.

Thousands of individuals sought treatment in nearby hospitals, which were struggling to cope with the casualties. Cars were left strewn across the encompassing highway, and the blast was heard up to 80km (50 miles) away in the country’s north.  

The health ministry put the confirmed death toll at at least 73, with at least 3,700 injured.


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