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At least 50 killed and thousands injured in Beirut blast

At least 50 killed and thousands injured in Beirut blast

At least 50 people have been killed and thousands have been injured in a major explosion in Beirut.

A building in the Lebanese capital exploded on Tuesday evening, resulting in a shockwave that was felt across the city and beyond, including 180 miles away in Cyprus.

Local reports have said the explosion happened at a building containing highly explosive materials and the explosion led to significant damage or complete devastation to many buildings in the local area.

According to reports, some hospitals have been overwhelmed by the number of injuries.

Lebanon's Prime Minister has said that those who are responsible for the blast will "pay the price". The cause of the blast is yet to be confirmed.

In a tweet on Tuesday evening, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

"The pictures and videos from Beirut tonight are shocking. All of my thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this terrible incident. The UK is ready to provide support in any way we can, including to those British nationals affected."

The blast happened at around 6pm local time on Tuesday (4th August).

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