Massive bomb blast in Beirut kills more than 50

The blast appears to be centred around Beirut's port

Israel's government says it had nothing to do with a massive explosion in Beirut that has caused widespread damage in a large radius around the city's port and sent a giant cloud of smoke into the air.

Lebanon's health minister says more than 50 people are dead, and over 27-hundred are wounded.

The blast comes amid rising tensions between Israel and the militant Hezbollah group along Lebanon's southern border.