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Home / World News / Israel not involved in Beirut blast, Israeli official says

Israel not involved in Beirut blast, Israeli official says

Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told Israeli N12 television news that the explosion was most likely an accident caused by a fire.

world Updated: Aug 05, 2020 00:40 IST
Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
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Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.
Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. (REUTERS)

Israel has nothing to do with a huge explosion at the Beirut port area on Tuesday, an Israeli official said.

“Israel has nothing to do with the incident,” the official said on condition of anonymity. Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told Israeli N12 television news that the explosion was most likely an accident caused by a fire.

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 chemcials stored in the area.

Footage of the blast shared around by residents on social media showed a column of smoke rising from the port district followed by an enormous blast. Those who filming what initially appeared to be a big blaze where thrown backwards by the shock.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blaze that set off the blast or what kind of explosives were in the warehouses. The governor of Beirut port told Sky News that a team of firefighters at the scene had “disappeared” after the explosion.

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