A large blast has hit the Lebanese capital, Beirut, causing widespread damage and injuring many people, officials say.
It is not yet clear what caused the explosion in the port area of the city. Video posted online showed a large mushroom cloud and destroyed buildings.
Hospitals are said to be overwhelmed by casualties.
It comes at a sensitive time with the country’s economic collapse reigniting old tensions.
Tensions are also high ahead of the verdict in a trial over the killing of ex-PM Rafik Hariri in 2005. A UN tribunal is due to issue its verdict in the trial of four suspects in the murder by car bomb of Hariri on Friday.
Lebanon’s health minister, Hamad Hasan, has spoken of many injuries and extensive damage.
Reuters news agency quotes sources as saying 10 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.
The cause of the explosion is still not known, but some reports suggest it may have been an accident. Lebanon’s National News Agency reported a fire breaking out at what it called an explosives depot at the port.
Local media showed people trapped beneath rubble. A witness described the first explosion as deafening. Video footage showed wrecked cars and blast-damaged buildings.
The latest reports come amid political tension in Lebanon, with street demonstrations against the government’s handling the worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.
There has also been tension on the border with Israel, which said last week that it had thwarted an attempt by Hezbollah to infiltrate Israeli territory.
more recommended stories
Truck carrying fuel explodes in Tabasco
The explosion of a truck (pipe).
Woman reported missing in Merida is safe and back with her family
MÉRIDA, YUCATAN (September 28, 2020).- Cecilia.
“Lord Pizza” man who refused to wear face mask beats up worker at pizza place (VIDEO)
We must all do our part.
AMLO’s long-standing aversion to public spending undermines his popularity
In early July, as Mexico’s tally.
Presidential debate 2020: Watch Trump vs. Biden debate live tonight
Donald Trump and Joe Biden will.
Mexico shuts down “Puente Grande” maximum security prison
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico announced.
Mexico demands the US for answers on alleged migrant hysterectomies
A whistleblower claimed earlier this month.
Mexico launches special guard force to protect mining companies from drug cartels
Mexico is now deploying guards equipped with assault.
Cold front No. 4 is heading to the Yucatan Peninsula
Cold front No. 4, which today.
AMLO hopes to raise 50 billion pesos with the extinction of trusts
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured.