“We share the pain of the Lebanese people and sincerely reach out to offer our aid at this difficult time,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin commented after the deadly explosion.
By Algemeiner Staff
Israel quickly offered humanitarian relief to Lebanon on Tuesday, following the devastating blast in Beirut in which dozens of people were killed and thousands more injured.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry tweeted, “At the direction of [Foreign Minister] Gabi_ Ashkenazi and Defense Min. Benny Gantz, Israel via security and international channels has offered humanitarian medical assistance to the government of Lebanon.”
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin declared on Twitter: “We share the pain of the Lebanese people and sincerely reach out to offer our aid at this difficult time.”
The Israel Defense Forces tweeted, “This is the time to transcend conflict. Under the guidance of the [Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs], Israel has offered to send humanitarian and medical assistance to Lebanon via security and international channels.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, to find out how the Jewish state could be of help to its neighbor to the north.
“Pursuant to his approval of humanitarian and medical assistance to Lebanon, Prime Minister Netanyahu has instructed NSC head Ben-Shabbat to speak with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Mladenov in order to clarify how Israel can further assist Lebanon,” said a post on Twitter from the prime minister.
The cause of the massive explosion in Beirut’s port area has yet to be definitely determined.
Ammonium nitrate stored at the port was being looked at as a potential source of the blast.
Rescue workers were still pulling bodies out of the wreckage as night fell on Tuesday, with reports of severe damage to nearby buildings and roads.
One eyewitness described vividly how the explosion was felt in every corner of the Lebanese capital.
“Actually we were shocked because usually when it happens, just one area will experience those happenings after an explosion, but this time it was all of Beirut, even areas outside of Beirut,” Hadi Nasrallah, a resident of the city, told the BBC.
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