Watch: At least 100 killed as Beirut rocked by huge explosion

Updated 08:27 AM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A huge explosion has devastated the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday evening, with the Lebanese government reporting that at least 100 people have been killed and many more injured.

Footage showed that a raging fire had broken out at the city’s central port was followed by a far more massive explosion that is reported to have wrecked many buildings and shattered windows even 10km away from the blast site. The blast was even felt in Cyprus, which lies over 200km away.

Lebanon’s state-owned National News Agency reported that a warehouse at the Beirut Port caught fire, causing a major explosion as it spread to stored explosives leaving behind “great damages to the surrounding buildings and a considerable number of wounded.” Footage uploaded by people in Beirut suggested that fireworks have gone off in the explosion, though this hypothesis was later dismissed by the Lebanese authorities.

Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan reported that more than 50 people have been killed in the blast, and that at least 2,750 people have been injured.

The city’s health infrastructure has been overwhelmed, with St George’s Hospital close to the port destroyed even though people were still being brought in for treatment. The Lebanese Red Cross warned that only critical and severe cases should call emergency numbers, and also launched an urgent appeal for blood donations.