Massive Beirut blast kills at least 50, injures hundreds

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s health minister says at least 50 people were killed and over 2,700 were injured in the huge explosion that rocked Beirut.

The blast Tuesday flattened much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. A civil defense official said his men had evacuated dozens to hospitals and that there were still bodies under debris. The cause of the blast was not immediately known. An Israeli government official says Israel “had nothing to do” with it. The blast was stunning even for a city that has seen civil war, suicide bombings, and bombardment by Israel. It could be heard and felt as far away as Cyprus, across the Mediterranean.