Israel denies being behind Lebanon blast: Source

Smoke rises after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020, in this picture obtained from a social media video. (Reuters)

Israel has denied having anything to do with the explosions that rocked Lebanon Tuesday, Reuters cited an Israeli official as saying.

“Israel has nothing to do with the incident,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

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Separately, Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told Israeli N12 television news that the explosion was most likely an accident caused by a fire.

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Israel on Tuesday offered humanitarian aid to Lebanon, with which it is still technically at war, following the huge explosions that rocked Beirut, killing dozens of people and wounding thousands.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had instructed his National Security Council to make contact with UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov "in order to clarify how Israel can further assist Lebanon."

Earlier, Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said Israel had "offered the Lebanese government -- via international intermediaries -- medical and humanitarian aid, as well as immediate emergency assistance".

- With inputs from Reuters and AFP.

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