Beirut blast: 'Damage is monstrous'
19 October 2012 Last updated at 17:50 BST
At least eight people have been killed in a huge car bomb explosion in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. Among them a powerful, anti-Syrian security chief, Wissam al Hassan
Several others have been wounded.
Ambulances rushed to the scene at Sassine Square.
There are no claims of responsibility but this comes at a time of heightened tension between Lebanese political factions on opposite sides of the Syria conflict.
Patrick Galey is a freelance journalist in Beirut.