Powerful Explosion Rocks Beirut

By VOA News |

Smoke rises after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 4, 2020, in this picture obtained from a social media video. (Karim Sokhn/Instagram/Ksokhn + Thebikekitchenbeirut/via Reuters)

Lebanese officials say at least 25 people are dead following a large explosion that rocked the port area of the capital Beirut on Tuesday.

Health Minster Hamad Hasan said more than 2,500 others were injured in the blast that caused widespread damage in the city.

Lebanese Red Cross official George Kettaneh said rescue efforts are underway and that people were still trapped in their homes and in other nearby structures.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.