• Tue. Feb 7th, 2023

As early as Tuesday night, Israel offered humanitarian aid to Lebanon after explosions in a port of Beirut killed at least 100 people and injured thousands (the number of casualties continues to rise), writes the Times of Israel. Also read MIFF’s article published shortly after the explosion.

“Israel has approached Lebanon through international channels and offered the Lebanese government medical humanitarian aid,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said in a joint statement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has asked his national security adviser, Meir Ben Shabbat, to discuss with UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov how Israel can help Lebanon.


Mladenov has confirmed Israel’s offer to send aid to Lebanon through the UN on Twitter, saying that “the region and the world must meet to help the people of Lebanon through a very difficult time.”


President Reuven Rivlin wrote tweets in English, Arabic and Hebrew: “We share the pain of the Lebanese people and offer our help in a very difficult time.”


Knesset opposition leader Yair Lapid also sent his condolences to the families of the victims via Twitter.


The IDF wrote on Twitter that now is the time to overcome the conflict.


Lebanon is not expected to accept Israel’s outstretched hand or help – despite the fact that the country is already in a very difficult situation, writes Times of Israel.

There have been several wars between Israel and Lebanon. The Iranian-backed terrorist organization, which has vowed to annihilate Israel, is based in Lebanon and is part of the Lebanese government. Read MIFF’s articles on Hezbollah here. As recently as July 27, there were fighting between Hezbollah and Israel – read MIFF’s article on this. Read MIFF’s articles on the Lebanon wars between Israel and Lebanon here.

Both Israel and Hezbollah have denied rumors that Israel was behind the explosion.

Qatar and Iran have also offered aid to Lebanon.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known.

The explosion comes at a critical time for Lebanon. The country is in the midst of a serious economic crisis and the Corona crisis. Many have lost their jobs, poverty is rising and the value of people’s savings has disappeared as the Lebanese pound has fallen into free fall against the dollar.

The hospitals in Beirut are now working in total chaos after the explosion and several wounded are being treated in parking lots or other random places.

It is expected that the number of injured and dead will increase in the coming days.


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