Beirut, August 4, 2020, 6:08pm – 10 amateur videos that captured our attention

The FRANCE 24 Observers team chose 10 videos taken at the moment of the explosion in the Port of Beirut, which captured the world's attention one year ago.
The FRANCE 24 Observers team chose 10 videos taken at the moment of the explosion in the Port of Beirut, which captured the world's attention one year ago. © Observers

On August 4, 2020, a double explosion in the Port of Beirut shook the Lebanese capital. At least 214 people lost their lives and 6,500 were injured in the devastating event. The world watched on as eyewitnesses documented the blast with their smartphones, capturing the explosion and the destruction that followed. One year after the event, the FRANCE 24 Observers team looks back at some of the videos that captured this disaster. 

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A deafening bang, followed a few seconds later by a devastating blast: eyewitnesses and surveillance cameras captured the very moment that the explosion occurred at the Port of Beirut last year.

These shocking images moved the entire world, leading to numerous solidarity campaigns and donations, but residents of Beirut are still suffering from the repercussions of this tragedy. One year later, FRANCE 24's Observers look back at ten videos that marked this tragic event.

Warning: Some of these images may be shocking to some viewers