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Beirut reels as another explosion hits city

By Jay Jackson, Beijing News.Net
10 Oct 2020, 15:43 GMT+10

BEIRUT, Lebanon - There was panic in the streets of Beirut on Friday night when a huge explosion occurred at a bakery in the city's Tariq Al-Jadida neighbourhood.

At least four people have been killed, and around 20 injured according to the Lebanese Red Cross.

"Two bodies and a number of wounded were taken to Al-Maqasid Hospital as a result of the explosion of the diesel tank that caught fire this evening," George Kittana, Secretary-General of the Lebanese Red Cross said Friday night prior to the discovery of a further 2 bodies.

"We were cleaning the street then suddenly a very strong explosion shook the place and everything starting falling down," an eyewitness Ali Ghannam told the Abu-Dhabi-based, The National.

"A diesel or gasoline tank was blown in the air then fell down, causing fire and electricity cables to be cut, and people ran away. We still don't know the details."

The explosion caused a panic in the neighbourhood.

The army cordoned off the site, and evacuated residents who were trapped on the upper floors of the building.

Lebanon Civil Defence told The National the explosion caused a large fire which has been brought under control. Firefighters were seen throwing ladders against nearby buildings and scaling them to rescue and evacuated people trapped inside.

The city is still suffering from the meteoric blast on 4 August at the Beirut Port which killed 203 people and injured several thousand.

That explosion, fueled by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, has been described as one of the biggest non-nuclear blasts in history. What triggered that blast is the subject of an investigation.

(Photo credit: AP).

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