U.S. “Ready to Assist” Lebanon, Secretary Pompeo Says

Massive explosion in Beirut killed 100, injured thousands.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is prepared to assist the Lebanese people after a massive explosion rocked Beirut.

“I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to all those affected by the massive explosion at the port of Beirut,” the secretary said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “We are closely monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this tragedy.”

The blast left thousands injured and at least 100 dead, overloading hospitals with wounded residents attempting to get treatment or locate family members.

“Our team in Beirut has reported to me the extensive damage to a city and a people that I hold dear, an additional challenge in a time of already deep crisis. We understand that the Government of Lebanon continues to investigate its cause and look forward to the outcome of those efforts,” Secretary Pompeo said.

The explosion, which blew out windows and destroyed property for miles around, has been initially blamed on 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in an unsecured warehouse at Beirut’s cargo port. The government has initiated an investigation, looking at not only the cause but at “who was responsible.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the people of Beirut and all of Lebanon as they deal with this tragedy.
  • For the investigators looking to determine the cause of and responsibility for the explosion at the port.
  • That the international community would offer support to the Lebanese people. 

Sources: Washington Examiner, CNBC


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