Israel offered Lebanon civilian aid hours after an enormous explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday evening, killing over a hundred and injuring thousands.
“Israel has approached Lebanon through international security and diplomatic channels and has offered the Lebanese government medical and humanitarian assistance,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said in joint statement.
The death toll from the blast, deemed an accident so far by Lebanese officials, is over 100 with 4,000 injured. This number is almost sure to rise as rescue personnel comb through wreckage at the port area – ground zero for the explosion.
Israeli officials have proposed sending medical supplies, possibly through the UNIFIL forces stationed in southern Lebanon at Israel’s northern border. They have also offered to treat some of the injured in Israeli hospitals.
The officials also made sure to distance themselves from any responsibility for the explosion. The need for a firm denial arose since the tension on the northern border has been high in recent days, following a foiled Hezbollah infiltration attempt on July 27.
The Iranian-backed terror organization is an integral part of the Lebanese government, and Jerusalem has often warned that if Hezbollah begins open hostilities with the Jewish state, the IDF would target Lebanese infrastructure in retaliation.