Massive Explosion Rocks Beirut Port, Dozens Killed, Thousands Injured

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A massive explosion rocked Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, today. The cause of the blast is not yet known.

At least 50 people have been confirmed killed, although officials fear that number will rise sharply as rescue efforts continue. At least 2,750 people have been reported injured.

Among the deceased is reportedly the leader of a poltical party. The explosion also considerably damaged the presidential palace.

Reports are that ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive compound commonly used in fertilizer, was being stored at the location.

The explosion left Beirut looking like a war zone.

The blast was felt 150 miles away and shattered glass in buildings several miles from the site.

Israel has denied any involvement in the explosion and has offered humanitarian aid.

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