A large explosion rocked a warehouse in Lebanon late Tuesday, killing at least 50 and injuring over 3,500 in what many are calling an attack. The warehouse held highly explosive material, said an official with Lebanon’s army who added that the blast was likely caused by a fire and wasn’t an attack. President Trump, however, on Tuesday evening called it a “terrible attack” and said U.S. military leaders believe the explosion was caused by “a bomb of some kind.”

 

In 2018 the Israeli Defense Force posted photographs of what they claimed to be an “Accurate Missile Project” in and around Beirut Lebanon, the location of today’s blast.

Lebanon is home to roughly 2.7 million Christians, accounting for over 40% of the country’s population.

Back in September 2018 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned global leaders at the United Nations that Hezbollah was producing guided missiles at the sever location where the explosion occurred on Tuesday.

Benjamin Netanyahu brought maps that disclosed Hezbollah missile stockpiles in areas around the Beirut airport.

On Tuesday the massive blast near the Beirut port was inside the city limits.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that U.S. military officials advised him that a massive explosion in Beirut appeared to be an “attack,” though he offered little detail to explain how his administration had come to that conclusion.

“According to them – they would know better than I would – but they seem to think it was an attack,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “It was a bomb of some kind.”