The municipality of tel Aviv highlighted in the colors of the flag of Lebanon in solidarity with the people of this country after the explosion in Beirut. About it reports the Israeli edition of Haaretz.
“Humanity is superior to any conflict, and we heart with the Lebanese people after a terrible accident, which he survived,” said mayor Ron Huldai.
The decision provoked a mixed reaction in Israeli society. In particular, the Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Rafi Pepper stated that “by waving the flag of an enemy country in Central tel Aviv is doubtful from a moral point of view”. The son of the Prime Minister of Israel Yair Netanyahu considered the initiative a criminal offence.
Earlier, the IDF decided to postpone the conflict with Lebanon after an explosion in Beirut. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed his condolences to the people of Lebanon.
A powerful explosion occurred near the port of Beirut on the evening of 4 August. Killed at least 137 people, more than five thousand were injured. Affected many areas of the city, including were hurt in the blast at the Russian Embassy.
The head of General security of the country, General Abbas Ibrahim said that, according to preliminary data, detonated explosives for a long time kept in the port. The interior Ministry clarified that we are talking about the explosion of ammonium nitrate. According to unconfirmed information, in the warehouse a short circuit happened that caused the fire, causing the ammonium nitrate exploded.
Lebanon and Israel are technically at war, although large-scale clashes after the armed conflict in 2006 between the two countries occurred. During the 2006 conflict, Israel bombed two civilian targets in Lebanon — power plant and Beirut airport. In the course of these attacks killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mainly civilians.