Pentagon intends to find out the circumstances of the explosion in Beirut

By | August 5, 2020
Pentagon intends to find out the circumstances of the explosion in Beirut

WASHINGTON, the United States is gathering information about the Beirut bombing and is preparing to provide humanitarian aid, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
“We’re still gathering information about what happened. Most believe it was an accident, as reported. I can’t say anything other than that,” Esper said at a video conference at the Aspen Forum. We want to help. I spoke this morning with Secretary of State (Mike) Pompeo, we contacted the Government of Lebanon, I contacted. We are preparing to provide all the assistance we can, humanitarian and medical assistance to help the people of Lebanon,” he added.
A powerful explosion occurred near the port of Beirut on Tuesday evening. According to the authorities, the reason was the improper storage of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, damaged half of the city’s buildings, and hospitals overcrowded due to a large number of victims. The Government of Lebanon has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the tragedy and ordered an investigation within five days, ordering the entire Beirut port authority and those responsible for its safety and explosives since 2014 to be placed under house arrest. According to the latest data, 135 people were killed and about 5,000 injured in the disaster in the port of Beirut.
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