Massive explosion in Beirut kills more than 50, injures hundreds

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon’s health minister says more than 50 people were killed and over 2,700 were injured in a huge explosion that rocked Beirut.

The blast flattened much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. The afternoon blast shook several parts of the capital and thick smoke billowed from the city center.

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