Large explosion in Beirut

BBC: Summary

  • A huge blast in Beirut has killed at least 27 people, Lebanon’s health minister says
  • More than 2,000 others have been injured
  • The cause of the explosion in the city’s port area is not yet known
  • Reports suggest the blast was at a warehouse housing explosives
  • It comes at a sensitive time with the country’s economic crisis reigniting old divisions
  • Tensions are also high ahead of Friday’s verdict in the trial of four suspects for the murder of ex-PM Rafik Hariri