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Trump calls deadly explosions in Beirut a "terrible attack" and says the US is ready to help Lebanon


President Donald Trump described a series of fatal explosions in Beirut as a "terrible attack" on Tuesday, although there is currently no evidence that the explosions were intentional.

A series of massive explosions in the Lebanese capital's port area shook the city on Tuesday evening local time, killing at least 78 people and injuring more than 4,000 others.

"The United States is ready to help Lebanon," Trump said of the devastating scenes during a White House briefing. "We will be there to help. It looks like a terrible attack. "

When asked by a reporter if Trump was sure that the explosion was in fact an attack, Trump said he had met with some of our great generals, and they seem to feel that way.

& # 39; This was not a type of explosion. You'd know better than I would, ”the President continued. "You seem to be thinking … it was kind of a bomb, yes."

President Donald Trump described fatal explosions as a "terrible attack" during a press conference on Tuesday, although there was no evidence that the explosions were intentional

Dramatic shots show smoke rising from the port area just before a huge fireball explodes in the sky and covers the city with a thick mushroom cloud

Dramatic material on social media shows people screaming while a massive explosion shakes the Lebanese capital's waterfront

Dramatic shots show smoke rising from the port area just before a huge fireball explodes in the sky and covers the city with a thick mushroom cloud

A series of massive explosions in the Lebanese capital's port area shook the city on Tuesday evening local time, killing at least 78 people and injuring more than 4,000 others

A series of massive explosions in the Lebanese capital's port area shook the city on Tuesday evening local time, killing at least 78 people and injuring more than 4,000 others

So far, no evidence has been presented to the public that the explosions were the result of an attack.

The Pentagon has not yet returned a DailyMail.com request to comment on Trump's claims.

Several videos of the explosion show fire and thick clouds of smoke emanating from a building in Beirut's harbor area before a mushroom cloud breaks out and a shock wave sweeps through the city.

Hundreds of buildings were leveled in the terrible explosion. The death toll is expected to increase significantly as emergency personnel continue to pull bodies under the rubble.

"Our prayers go to all victims and their families," said Trump. "The United States is ready to help Lebanon."

Contrary to Trump's claims, the Lebanese government is still investigating the source of the explosion.

Officials say early signs indicate the explosion occurred when a warehouse set explosive materials on fire.

A large supply of ammonium nitrate was stored in the building where the explosions took place, said Lebanese Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi.

The materials are said to have been confiscated from a ship in 2014. Fahmi requested an examination to determine how they became infected.

When asked by a reporter if Trump was certain that the explosion was in fact an attack, Trump said he had met with some of our great generals and they seem to feel it is .. a kind of bomb.

When asked by a reporter if Trump was certain that the explosion was in fact an attack, Trump said he had met with some of our great generals and they seem to feel it is .. a kind of bomb.

A cell phone image showing a general view of the port area with smoke from an area of ​​a large explosion with damage and debris after a large explosion shook Beirut's port area

A cell phone image showing a general view of the port area with smoke from an area of ​​a large explosion with damage and debris after a large explosion shook Beirut's port area

It devastated the immediately surrounding buildings, where firefighters were still fighting flames tonight, and even devastated areas that were miles away from the explosion site

It devastated the immediately surrounding buildings, where firefighters were still fighting flames tonight, and even devastated areas that were miles away from the explosion site

People on the street in Beirue, which after the explosion is littered with rubble from damaged buildings

People on the street in Beirue, which after the explosion is littered with rubble from damaged buildings

In gloomy scenes, citizens were desperate when their homes were damaged, walls were blown, and windows were broken

In gloomy scenes, citizens were desperate when their homes were damaged, walls were blown, and windows were broken

A big explosion shook the Lebanese capital Beirut today. The explosion, which shook entire buildings and shattered glass, was felt in several parts of the city

A big explosion shook the Lebanese capital Beirut today. The explosion, which shook entire buildings and shattered glass, was felt in several parts of the city

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab called the explosion a "catastrophe" and vowed that those responsible would "pay for what happened".

Diab said an investigation into the conditions in the "dangerous warehouse" where the explosion took place is underway.

"I promise you that this disaster will not go without accountability," he added during a television speech.

In a later tweet, Diab said it was "unacceptable that a delivery of ammonium nitrate, estimated at 2,750 tons, has been in a warehouse for six years without taking preventive measures that endanger the safety of citizens."

The industrial port, which offers Lebanon important trade routes, was practically flattened by the explosion.

Sobering scenes showed citizens in despair when their houses were damaged, walls were burned and windows were broken.

Wounded men, women and children were seen navigating through the ruined wreckage of buildings and debris sprayed on the streets of the capital last night.

Several hospitals in Beirut were damaged in the explosion. The Roum Hospital asked people to bring backup generators to keep the electricity running while the patients were being evacuated because of severe damage.

In front of St. George University Hospital in Beirut's Achrafieh district, people with various injuries arrived in ambulances, cars and on foot.

The explosion had caused great damage inside the building and cut off the electricity in the hospital.

Aftermath from the offices of the Lebanese daily Daily Star showed that boards had been torn from the ceiling while the room was in disarray.

Sobering scenes showed citizens in despair when their houses were damaged, walls were burned and windows were broken

Sobering scenes showed citizens in despair when their houses were damaged, walls were burned and windows were broken

Major infrastructures such as hospitals were damaged, as was the city's airport, although it was six miles from the explosion and revealed the extent of the trauma

Major infrastructures such as hospitals were damaged, as was the city's airport, although it was six miles from the explosion and revealed the extent of the trauma

Fires in the port of Beirut continue until late at night after an explosion that is believed to be caused by chemicals

Fires in the port of Beirut continue until late at night after an explosion that is believed to be caused by chemicals

Clouds of smoke at the site of the big explosion and buildings become twisted rubble

Clouds of smoke at the site of the big explosion and buildings become twisted rubble

The full force of the explosion, compared to an atomic bomb detonation, was exposed by the homes that were damaged outside the explosion radius.

Miles from the explosion site, balconies were torn down, the ceiling collapsed, and the windows broken.

The residents said glass had been broken in houses from Raouche on the western tip of the Mediterranean city to Rabieh six miles east.

Beirut's main airport, six miles from the port, has been reportedly damaged by the explosion. Pictures show parts of the collapsed ceiling.

And on Cyprus, a Mediterranean island 180 km northwest of Beirut, residents reported that they heard two large ponies in quick succession. A resident of Nicosia, the capital, said his home was trembling and rattling with shutters.

Local media reports that 2,700 tons of the chemical exploded. According to initial calculations, it was about three kilotons of TNT – about a fifth of the Little Boy atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in World War II.

A "strange smell" in the port has apparently led officials to instruct civilians to leave for fear of harmful toxins.

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