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Israelis express rare, special solidarity with Lebanese neighbors

The Tel Aviv municipality on Rabin square, is lit up with the Lebanese flag, in solidarity with the victims who were killed in the Beirut explosion, on August 5, 2020. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90

Despite two wars, frequent rocket attacks and several border skirmishes in recent decades, Israel was trying to find ways to help Lebanon after a massive explosion on Tuesday rocked Beirut and killed more than 130 people.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We distinguish between the regimes and the people."

He posted a Tweet in Arabic: "On behalf of the Israeli government, I offer my condolences to the Lebanese people. Yesterday, a very great disaster occurred for Lebanon. We are ready to provide humanitarian aid to Lebanon, as human beings, to humans. "

Though Israel and Lebanon do no have diplomatic relations Israeli citizens were also looking for ways to donate food, clothing and blood to its northern neighbor.

Israel Hayom said Kan broadcasting said Israel was negotiating with a United Nations proxy to deliver medical equipment while three Israeli hospitals offered to receive patients from the blast.

The city of Tel Aviv expressed it support as well with the municipal building lit up in solidarity with the Lebanese flag.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. Flag of LebanonFlag of Israel," StandWithUs said on Twitter.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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