In a developing story in Lebanon; Authorities in Beirut have increased the death count from the devastating explosions on Tuesday to at least 100, while one official said on Wednesday it could cost Lebanon’s capital as much as $5 billion to recover. Lebanese President Michel Aoun called for an emergency cabinet meeting and asked for a two-week state of emergency. Beirut Gov. Marwan Abboud said about 300,000 remain homeless after the blasts and estimated repair costs in the billions. Lebanese Red Cross workers continued to search abandoned neighborhoods on Wednesday, reporting more than 4,000 injured.
- Meanwhile; Israel is putting aside hostilities with Lebanon and offering humanitarian aid to the country after a catastrophic explosion Tuesday evening wreaked havoc on Beirut.
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he instructed the head of Israel’s National Security Council to speak with the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov to discuss how the Jewish State can help Lebanon.
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