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Here’s what we know about the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon

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It is yet unclear what caused the explosion in the city’s port region.

1..Online videos showed a large explosive cloud, destroyed buildings and wrecked cars.

2..Hospitals are now overwhelmed with casualties.

3..The blast occurred in an area housing highly explosive materials.

4..Lebanon is currently grappling with an economic crisis and there is tension ahead of Friday’s verdict in a trial over the killing of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.

5..Lebanon’s health minister, Hamad Hasan, says many are injured.

6..The Lebanese Red Cross says hundreds of people have been taken to hospital.

7..Reuters news agency quotes sources as saying 10 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.

8..A BBC journalist at the scene reported dead bodies and severe damage – enough to put the port out of action.The port is the lifeline of Beirut’s economy.

9..There are sundry reports that the blast may have been the result of an accident from a part of town where firecrackers are stored.

10..Latest reports say at least 27 have died and more than 2,500 others have been left injured.

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