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

The United States collect information about the explosion in Beirut and preparing to provide humanitarian assistance, said the Minister of defense mark Esper.

"We're still gathering information about what happened. Most believe it was an accident, as was reported. In addition, I can not say anything," said Esper, speaking at a video conference in the framework of Asinovskogo forum.

"Of course, it is a tragedy... We want to help. I spoke this morning with Secretary of state (Mike) Pompeo, we contacted the government of Lebanon, I contacted. We are ready to provide all the help I can, humanitarian and medical assistance to help the people of Lebanon," he added.

A powerful explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut on Tuesday evening. As reported by the authorities, the cause was improper storage of 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, damaged half the buildings of the city and the hospitals are overcrowded because of the large number of victims. The government of Lebanon announced three days of mourning for the victims of the tragedy and ordered to conduct an investigation within five days and ordered to place under house arrest the entire administration of the port of Beirut and those who were responsible for his safety and the safety of explosives in 2014. According to recent reports, the disaster in the port of Beirut killed 135 people, injured about five thousand.