Lebanon’s government has suspended all flights into and out of the capital, in the latest blow to the country’s tourism industry.
The government has said the explosion occurred at Beirut International Airport in the southern suburbs of Beirut, as well as in the nearby city of Mafraq, but has not said when the blast occurred.
The explosion also killed one person and injured at least 30 others, Lebanese state TV reported.
The blast happened in the afternoon, Lebanese news website Al-Mayadeen reported, citing police and emergency services sources.
A statement from the Interior Ministry said the blast took place at the airport’s gate at about 4:45 p.m. local time (13:45 GMT).
“At least five explosions were heard, the first of which occurred at the terminal building and caused a loss of life,” the statement said.
“The second explosion was reported to have occurred in the airport and injured a passenger.
It is believed that the third explosion was caused by a detonator in the baggage claim area.”
The statement did not provide any details on the cause of the explosion.
Security at Lebanon’s airports has been severely stepped up since the Lebanese civil war broke out in 2005, with checkpoints and checkpoints across the country.
The Lebanese Civil Aviation Authority has reported more than 5,500 incidents of “terrorism” in the country since 2006, with many of them blamed on Hezbollah fighters.