A car bomb has exploded in Sassine Square, in the Beirut neighborhood of Achrafieh. I will be posting updates to this page as they become available. Comments, especially from QN readers based in Beirut, are welcomed below.
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4:05PM (GMT+2): Nadim Gemayel is on MTV now talking about the location of the blast being a few hundred meters away from the Kataeb office in Achrafieh. Gemayel is not in Lebanon right now.
Media reports that there are over 70 wounded and 8 dead.
Security sources say that this was one of the largest explosions in Lebanese history.
Hospitals are calling for blood donations. If you are near Hotel Dieu or Rizk Hospital, please consider donating blood.
All media outlets now confirming that Wissam al-Hassan (director of the Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces) has been killed.