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Israel Offers Condolences, Aid to Italy

Amatrice, Italy, near epicenter of earthquake, August 24, 2016 (Photo: wikicommons/Natsag)

A deadly earthquake struck the mountainous center of Italy earlier today, with at least three towns leveled and more than 120 dead. The Times of Israel reports that Israel's leaders, PM Netanyahu and President Rivlin, have offered their condolences to Italy, as well as the Jewish state's rescue and recovery expertise:

Netanyahu offered his Italian counterpart, Meteo Renzi, assistance in the ongoing rescue operations in the hard-hit villages of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto.

The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome, where residents felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. The temblor shook the Lazio region and Umbria and Le Marche on the Adriatic coast.

With hundreds injured and an unknown number of people trapped under rubble, rescue workers expect the death toll to mount further.

President Reuven Rivlin Wednesday evening also extended his condolences to the people of Italy in the wake of the deadly quake.

“Our thoughts are with the Italian people during these difficult times,” Rivlin said in a statement. “On behalf of the citizens of Israel, please offer my condolences to the families of the victims and a speedy recovery to all those injured...”

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