Beirut explosion LIVE news: At least 50 dead after huge blast in Lebanese capital – updates

A MASSIVE explosion has killed at least 50 people and left 3,000 injured after the blast devastated parts of Lebanon's capital Beirut.

Pictures show buildings destroyed, people walking wounded, and a sea of wreckage after the blast that could be heard some 125 miles away in Cyprus.

Lebanon's state news agency NNA and two security sources said the blast had occurred in the port area where there are warehouses housing explosives, reports Reuters.

Nearby buildings around the port have been leveled, windows and doors have been blown out, and fires burn as smoke plumes billow across Beirut.

The Government Palace – the home of Lebanon's PM Hassan Diab – was damaged in the blast, and his wife and daughter were injured in the explosion.

Mr Diab said: "What happened is a major national catastrophe and the scenes we see tell about the scale of the disaster that struck Lebanon and Beirut."

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    A huge explosion near the centre of Beirut has killed at least 50 people, injured hundreds and sent shockwaves across the Lebanese capital, shattering windows and causing apartment balconies to collapse, witnesses and security sources said.

    The most powerful explosion to hit Beirut in years shook the ground, leaving some residents thinking an earthquake had struck.

    Dazed and weeping, some of them wounded, people walked through streets checking to see if relatives were hurt.

    The blast occurred in the city's port area, where there were warehouses housing explosives, Lebanon's state news agency NNA and two security sources said.

    A third security source said there were chemicals stored in the area.

    Pictures show buildings destroyed, walking wounded, and a sea of rubble after the explosion that could be heard 125 miles away in Cyprus.

    Prime Minister Hassan Diab described the disaster as a “national catastrophe” and said the pictures reveal its horrific scale.

    His wife and daughter were injured in the explosion after it damaged his residence at The Government Palace.

    Some people are believed to still be trapped under the rubble – including being stuck inside their damaged homes.

    Lebanese health minister Hamad Hasan said: “I have never in my life seen a disaster this big.”

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