Dozens killed and thousands injured in Beirut blast
A massive explosion in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon has left at least 78 dead and over 4000 wounded. President Trump said in his press conference that the explosion seems to be caused by an attack and a type of bomb, and not an accidental factory explosion.
Hours after the explosion, the prime minister of Lebanon asked “all the friendly nations” to come to Lebanon’s help and called it a true disaster. The Supreme National Defense Council of Lebanon has declared and emergency situation in the country.
According to Lebanon’s Minister of Interior, the explosion occurred in a reservoir of explosive material that was confiscated years later. According to the Lebanese media, the second/main explosion was caused by 2700 tons of ammonium nitrates.
Saad Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon said the Beirut port, where 70 percent of Lebanon’s imports and exports go through, was targeted by the explosion.
Several countries including the U.S, France, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and others have offered to help Lebanon in any way possible.
In his press conference, President Trump offered condolences to the families of the victims of the explosion and offered his help to Lebanon. He also stated that his generals believe that the explosion was an attack and not an accident. He said his generals believe that some sort of bomb was used in the initial explosion.