Israel’s Tel Aviv lights up city hall with Lebanon’s flag

The city hall in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv is lit up in the colours of the Lebanese national flag in solidarity, on August 5, 2020. (AFP)

Lebanon’s flag was projected onto Tel Aviv’s city hall on Wednesday after the devastating Beirut blasts, in Israel’s latest gesture toward a country with which it is technically at war.

“Tonight we will illuminate the city hall with the Lebanese flag,” Tel Aviv’s Mayor Ron Huldai said on Twitter.

“Humanity precedes any conflict, and our hearts are with the Lebanese people in the wake of the terrible disaster that befell them,” he added.

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In a Tweet, Avichay Adraee, spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces, addressed Lebanon by saying that “the state of Israel, its people, government, and army stand with the state of Lebanon.”

He added that the municipality of Tel Aviv lit up its building with the colors of the Lebanese flag, saying: “our heart is with you.”

Israel’s minister for Jerusalem affairs, a member of the far-right Jewish Home party, condemned the gesture following the explosions at Beirut port that killed more than 100 people and injured thousands of others.

“It is possible and necessary to provide humanitarian aid to civilians who were hurt in Lebanon, but waving an enemy flag in the heart of Tel Aviv is moral confusion,” Raffi Peretz wrote on Twitter.

The city hall in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv is lit up in the colours of the Lebanese national flag in solidarity, on August 5, 2020, a day after a devastating blast at the port of Lebanese’s capital, in Israel's latest gesture towards a country with which it is technically at war. (AFP)

The city hall in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv is lit up in the colours of the Lebanese national flag in solidarity, on August 5, 2020, a day after a devastating blast at the port of Lebanese’s capital, in Israel's latest gesture towards a country with which it is technically at war. (AFP)

Israel and Lebanon are still technically at war, while tensions with the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah have spiked in recent weeks.

Hezbollah and Israel fought a devastating month-long conflict in 2006 in which Lebanon’s infrastructure was badly damaged.

The war killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, most of them soldiers.

But on Tuesday, hours after the massive explosions at Beirut’s port, right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his National Security Council had offered Lebanon aid, via the UN.

Addressing Israel’s parliament on Wednesday, Netanyahu extended “condolences to the people of Lebanon,” and said Israel remained ready to offer “humanitarian assistance” to those affected.

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In Gaza, a Palestinian territory where the poverty rate exceeds 50 percent due at least in part to a crippling Israeli blockade, residents of Khan Yunis organized a blood drive for casualties in Beirut.

Israel tightly controls everything that enters and exits the Islamist Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, but local authorities in Khan Younis said they were working with the Red Cross and Red Crescent to deliver the donated blood to Lebanon.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 05 August 2020 KSA 21:01 - GMT 18:01
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