Beirut, Lebanon (AlJazeera News)
Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan says more than 50 people have been killed and 2,700 are wounded in a massive explosion at the port in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.
The explosion released a shockwave causing widespread damage to buildings and shattering windows in different parts of the city.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.
Here are the latest updates:
20:34 GMT – Turkey’s Erdogan offers aid
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has spoken with Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun and said Turkey is ready to provide humanitarian aid as needed, the presidency has said.
20:30 GMT – Qatar to send field hospitals to support medical response
Qatar has promised to send field hospitals to support the medical response.
During a phone call with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani offered his condolences and wished “a speedy recovery for the injured”, Qatar News Agency reported.
20:24 GMT – France in process of sending aid to Lebanon
France is in the process of sending aid to Lebanon, French President Emmanuel Macron says.
“France is side by side with Lebanon. Always,” Macron tweeted. “French aid and resources are currently on their way.”
Macron’s office said he has also called Lebanese President Michel Aoun to express France’s support for the Lebanese people.
20:20 GMT – Hezbollah calls for national unity
Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement has said all of the country’s political powers must overcome the “painful catastrophe” and unite.
20:10 GMT – Saudi Arabia following with great concern consequences Beirut’s explosion
Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry has said that it is following with great concern the consequences of Beirut’s port explosion, according to the state news agency.
The statement also affirmed the kingdom’s full support and solidarity with the Lebanese people.
19:38 GMT – More than 50 people killed: health minister
In televised remarks, Lebanon’s Health Minister Hamad Hassan has said the death toll has risen to more than 50 people killed and more than 2,700 have been injured.
Hassan said that they had contacted the World Health Organization (WHO) to bring in an aid plane.
19:35 GMT – Lebanon PM says those responsible for Beirut explosion will pay the price
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab has said that those responsible for an explosion at a “dangerous” warehouse in Beirut port area that rocked the capital would pay the price.
“I promise you that this catastrophe will not pass without accountability… Those responsible will pay the price,” he said in a televised speech.
“Facts about this dangerous warehouse that has been there since 2014 will be announced and I will not preempt the investigations”.