Large explosion rocks Beirut, unknown number of casualties (17)

Reuters 2013.12.27 10:09
BEIRUT BEIRUT (Reuters) - An explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Friday, causing an unknown number of casualties. The blast was heard across the city and a plume of black smoke was seen rising in the downtown business district near the Phoenicia Hotel. Ambulances were seen taking victims from the area, a witness said. (Reporting By Samia Nakhoul; Editing by John Stonestreet)
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