A series of massive explosions detonated in Beirut on Tuesday, with footage showing a mushroom cloud and shockwave emanating from the city port.
Video of the explosion that rocked #Beirut not long ago
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It is still unclear what caused the explosions. Lebanese security forces claimed the explosion took place at a fireworks factory. Security officials say at least ten people have died.
Terrorist group Hezbollah is suspected to control weapons depots and even missile launch sites in the city.
The explosions came several days before a U.N.-backed court’s expected verdict on the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri, who was killed in a car bombing in 2005. The suspects are four members of Hezbollah. After Hariri’s killing was traced back to the terror group, international pressure led Syria to pull its military forces out of Lebanon after a 29-year presence.
Video footage from Beirut showed extensive damage to the area:
#Beirut streets now. pic.twitter.com/8mZSXTLNQI
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