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WATCH: Large explosion in Beirut leaves many injured

An explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on August 4 has caused massive damage and left many residents injured, according to city officials.

In a report by BBC, the cause of the explosion is yet to be determined, but videos circulating online showed clouds of smoke and various buildings destroyed.

According to Health Minister Hamad Hasan, hospitals are currently overwhelmed by the number of injuries as well as the extensive damage on the city.

Tensions in the city have been high following the trial over the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. BBC added in its report that a UN tribunal will issue its verdict on the four suspects on August 7.

In addition, the incident also comes amid the rising political strain in Lebanon, with people rallying on the streets in protest of the government’s response on the crisis. There is also a tension on the border with Israel, with BBC reporting that it has prevented an attempt by Hezbollah to penetrate the Israeli territory.

Another report from Reuters said that 10 bodies have so far been pulled from the blast.

Screengrab from the video of Twitter user @Bourzou

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