Trump calls for Lebanon to hold 'transparent investigation' into blast

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  • President Donald Trump has called on the Lebanon government to conduct a full and transparent investigation.
  • He has pledged that the United States is willing to assist Lebanon.
  • Over 100 people were killed in the Lebanon explosion and some 6 000 people were injured.


US President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Lebanon to conduct a "full and transparent investigation" into the huge explosion that hit Beirut, and expressed his support for protests demanding reform in the country.

Trump "urged the Government of Lebanon to conduct a full and transparent investigation, in which the United States stands ready to assist," according to the White House, after he participated in a virtual conference on the international response to the disaster.

"The President called for calm in Lebanon and acknowledged the legitimate calls of peaceful protesters for transparency, reform, and accountability," the White House added.

READ | Beirut blast: Electric night of Lebanon protests after devastating explosion claims 158 lives

The Lebanese army said Sunday that hopes have dwindled of finding survivors at the blast site following days of search-and-rescue operations.

The explosion that hit Beirut's port devastated large parts of the Lebanese capital, claiming over 150 lives and wounding some 6 000 people.

Most Lebanese authorities say Tuesday's explosion was triggered by a fire in a port warehouse, where a shipment of ammonium nitrate, a chemical that can be used as a fertiliser or as an explosive, had languished for years.

World leaders, international organisations and a seething Lebanese public have pressed for an international probe, but President Michel Aoun has said that calls for such an investigation are a "waste of time".

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